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What’s Your Vietnam War Draft Lottery Number?

The Vietnam War draft lottery ran from 1969 to 1972. If you were born on December 21, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery

Read on to learn more about the Vietnam war draft lottery.

more events on December 21

  • 2004

    A suicide bomber attacks the forward operating base next to the US military airfield at Mosul, Iraq, killing 22 people; it is the deadliest suicide attack on US soldiers during the Iraq War.

  • 1995

    The city of Bethlehem passes from Israeli to Palestinian control.

  • 1994

    Popocatepetl, a volcano in Mexico spews forth gases and ash after nearly a half-century of dormancy.

  • 1988

    Pan Am Flight 103 from London to New York explodes in midair over Lockerbie, Scotland, an hour after departure. All 259 passengers were killed in the explosion caused by a bomb– hidden inside an audio cassette player — that detonated inside the cargo area when the plane was at an altitude of 31,000 feet. A shower of airplane parts falling from the sky also killed 11 Lockerbie residents.

  • 1986

    500,000 Chinese students gather in Shanghai’s People’s Square calling for democratic reforms, including freedom of the press.

  • 1969

    American draft evaders gather for a holiday dinner in Montreal, Canada.

  • 1966

    Kiefer Sutherland, British-born Canadian actor, producer, director; best known as Jack Bauer on the 24 TV series, a role that garnered him several awards including an Emmy and Golden Globe.

  • 1965

    Four pacifists are indicted in New York for burning draft cards — Thomas C. Cornell, 31, co-secretary of the Catholic Peace Fellowship; Roy Lisker, 27, a volunteer of the Catholic Worker Movement; James E. Wilson, 21, a volunteer at the Catholic Worker Movement and a member of the Fellowship for Reconciliation; and M P, Edelman, a full-time worker for the War Resisters League.

  • 1964

    Great Britain’s House of Commons votes to ban the death penalty.

  • 1963

    The Turk minority riots in Cyprus to protest anti-Turkish revisions in the constitution.

  • 1959

    Florence Griffith Joyner, track star, Olympic medalist. Died unexpectedly of heart failure at age thirty-eight on September 21, 1998.

  • 1954

    Chris Evert (Chris Evert-Lloyd), No. 1 women’s pro tennis player in the world for 260 weeks in the 1970s; she reached 34 Grand Slam singles finals, a record unmatched by any other pro, female or male.

  • 1946

    An earthquake and tidal wave kill hundreds in Japan.

  • 1945

    General George S. Patton dies at the age of 60 after being injured in a car accident.

  • 1944

    German troops surround the 101st Airborne Division at Bastogne in Belgium.

  • 1940

    Frank Zappa, bandleader, composer, guitarist, satirist, filmmaker and advocate of creative freedom.

  • 1937

    Jane Fonda, actress, political activist, exercise guru; films include Klute and Coming Home.

  • 1928

    President Calvin Coolidge signs the Boulder Dam bill.

  • 1918

    Kurt Waldheim, controversial fourth Secretary General of the United Nations.

  • 1911

    Josh Gibson, baseball player for the Negro Leagues, Home-Run King.

  • 1910

    Over 2.5 million plague victims are reported in the An-Hul province of China.

  • 1879

    Joseph Stalin, Communist leader of the Soviet Union.

  • 1866

    Indians, led by Red Cloud and Crazy Horse, kill Captain William J. Fetterman and 79 other men who had ventured out from Fort Phil Kearny to cut wood.

  • 1862

    The U.S. Congress authorizes the Medal of Honor to be awarded to Navy personnel who have distinguished themselves by their gallantry in action.

  • 1804

    Benjamin Disraeli, Prime Minister of Great Britain.

  • 1790

    Samuel Slater opens the first cotton mill in the United States (in Rhode Island).

  • 1708

    French forces seize control of the eastern shore of Newfoundland after winning a victory at St. John’s.

  • 1620

    The Pilgrims land at or near Plymouth Rock.

  • 68

    Vespian, a gruff-spoken general of humble origins, enters Rome and is named emperor by the Senate.