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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 22, 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
    Not CalledNot drafted

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

more events on December 22

  • 2010

    US President Barack Obama signs a law officially repealing the 17-year-old policy known as “Don’t ask, don’t tell”; the new law permits homosexuals to serve openly in the US military.

  • 2008

    Some 1.1 billion gallons of coal fly ash slurry flood part of Tennessee after an ash dike breaks at a solid waste containment area in Roane County, in the eastern part of the state.

  • 2001

    A passenger on American Airlines Flight 63 from Paris, Richard Reid, unsuccessfully attempts to destroy the plane in flight by igniting explosives he’d hidden in his shoes.

  • President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, takes over an interim government.

  • 1997

    Hussein Farrah Aidid relinquishes his disputed title of President of Somalia, an important step toward reconciliation in the country.

  • 1992

    What became known as the Archives of Terror are discovered in a police station near the capital of Paraguay. The records detail tens of thousands of Latin Americans who had been secretly imprisoned, tortured and / or killed by the security services of several South American governments.

  • 1989

    The division of East and West Germany effectively ends when the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin reopens for the first time in nearly 30 years.

  • The Romanian government of Nicolae Ceausescu is overthrown, ending 42 years of communist rule.

  • 1966

    The United States announces the allocation of 900,000 tons of grain to fight the famine in India.

  • 1965

    The EF-105F Wild Weasel makes its first kill over Vietnam.

  • 1951

    Major-General Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster, owner of the property company Grosvenor Group.

  • Charles de Lint, author; helped popularize the urban fantasy genre; received World Fantasy Award (2000) for the collection Moonlight and Vines.

  • 1949

    Robin and Maurice Gibb, singers, songwriters; co-founders of the Bee Gees band.

  • 1946

    Rick Nielsen, musician, vocalist, primary songwriter of the band Cheap Trick.

  • 1945

    Diane Sawyer, journalist; anchor of ABC World News.

  • The United States recognizes Tito’s government in Yugoslavia.

  • 1944

    During the Battle of the Bulge, General Anthony McAuliffe responds to a German surrender request with a one word answer: “Nuts!”

  • 1942

    The Soviets drive German troops back 15 miles at the Don River.

  • 1941

    Japanese troops make an amphibious landing on the coast of Lingayen Gulf on Luzon, the Philippines.

  • 1929

    Soviet troops leave Manchuria after a truce is reached with the Chinese over the Eastern Railway dispute.

  • 1921

    Hawkshaw Hawkins (Harold Hawkins), country singer; he died along with country stars Patsy Cline and Cowboy Copas when the small plane that was carrying them crashed in 1963.

  • 1918

    The last of the food restrictions, enforced because of the shortages during World War I, are lifted.

  • 1912

    Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson, wife of US President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

  • 1883

    Arthur Wergs Mitchell, first African-American to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • 1858

    Giacomo Puccini, Italian operatic composer best known for Madam Butterfly.

  • 1856

    Frank Kellogg, U.S. Secretary of State who tried to outlaw war with the Kellogg-Briand Pact.

  • 1829

    The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad opens the first passenger railway line.

  • 1807

    Congress passes the Embargo Act, which halts all trading completely. It is hoped that the act will keep the United States out of the European Wars.

  • 1775

    Esek Hopkins takes command of the Continental Navy — a total of seven ships.

  • 1135

    Stephen of Blois is crowned the king of England.