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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 23, 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.

What happened today


The Federal Party, which recognizes American sovereignty, is formed in the Philippines.

Famous birthdays


Alexander I, czar of Russia.

more events on December 23

  • 2002

    An Iraqi MiG-25 shoots down a US MQ-1 Predator drone.

  • 1990

    In a referendum on Sovlenia’s independence from Yugoslovia, 88.5% vote in favor of independence.

  • 1986

    The Voyager completes the first nonstop flight around the globe on one load of fuel. The experimental aircraft, piloted by Americans Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California after nine days and four minutes in the sky.

  • 1974

    The B-1 bomber makes its first successful test flight.

  • 1967

    U.S. Navy SEALs are ambushed during an operation southeast of Saigon.

  • 1953

    Maria Vladimirovna, Grand Duchess of Russia.

  • 1952

    William Kristol, American politician, journalist; founded The Weekly Standard, an influential neoconservative opinion publication.

  • 1950

    General Walton H. Walker, the commander of the Eighth Army in Korea, is killed in a jeep accident. Lieutenant General Matthew B. Ridgeway is named his successor.

  • 1948

  • 1947

    President Harry S Truman grants a pardon to 1,523 who had evaded the World War II draft.

  • 1944

    US Army General Wesley Clark; while serving as Supreme Allied Commander Europe in NATO (1997–2000) he commanded Operation Allied Force in the Kosovo War.

  • General Dwight D. Eisenhower confirms the death sentence of Private Eddie Slovik, the only American shot for desertion since the Civil War.

  • 1943

    Queen Silvia of Sweden (born Silvia Renate Sommerlath); spouse of King Carl XVI Gustaf.

  • 1941

    Despite throwing back an earlier Japanese amphibious assault, the U.S. Marines and Navy defenders on Wake Island capitulate to a second Japanese invasion.

  • 1940

    Chiang Kai-shek dissolves all Communist associations in China.