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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.

more events on December 23

  • 2002

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

  • 1990

    In a referendum on Slovenia’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.

  • 1939

    The first Canadian troops arrive in Britain.

  • 1938

    Bob Kahn, computer scientist and engineer; co-developed the Transmission Control Protocol that web browsers use to connect to servers on the World Wide Web.

  • 1937

    London warns Rome to stop anti-British propaganda in Palestine.

  • 1935

    Paul Hornung, pro football player; member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  • 1933

    Emperor Akihito, Emperor of Japan. Broke with tradition by marrying Michiko Shoda, the first non-aristocrat to join the royal family.

  • Pope Pius XI condemns the Nazi sterilization program.

  • 1921

    President Warren G. Harding frees Socialist Eugene Debs and 23 other political prisoners.

  • 1919

    Great Britain institutes a new constitution for India.

  • 1900

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

  • 1867

    Madame C. J. Walker, first female African American millionaire.

  • 1861

    Lord Lyons, The British minister to America presents a formal complaint to secretary of state, William Seward, regarding the Trent affair.

  • 1805

    Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church.

  • 1790

    Jean François Champollion, French founder of Egyptology who deciphered the Rosetta Stone.

  • 1777

    Alexander I, czar of Russia.