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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 24, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
  • 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 24

  • 2005

    Chad declares a state of war against Sudan in the wake of the Dec. 18 attack on the town of Adre, in which approximately 100 people were killed.

  • 1974

    Ryan Seacrest, radio personality, TV host; host of American Idol TV talent competition.

  • Cyclone Tracy devastates Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, destroying more than 70 percent of the city’s buildings, including 80 percent of its houses.

  • An oil tanker’s spill pollutes 1,600 square miles of Japan’s Inland Sea.

  • 1973

    Stephenie Meyer, author best known for her young-adult, vampire romance series Twilight.

  • 1972

    Hanoi bars all peace talks with the United States until U.S. air raids over North Vietnam stop.

  • 1971

    Ricky Martin, Puerto Rican pop musician, actor, author; was a member of the boy group Menudo before launching a successful solo career (“Livin’ la Vida Loca”).

  • 1970

    Nine GIs are killed and nine are wounded by friendly fire in Vietnam.

  • 1968

    The first pictures of an Earth-rise over the moon are seen as the crew of Apollo 8 orbits the moon.

  • 1967

    The Greek Junta frees ex-Premier Papandreou.

  • 1966

    A Soviet research vehicle soft-lands on the moon.

  • 1964

    The U.S. headquarters in Saigon is hit by a bomb killing two officers.

  • 1963

    New York’s Idlewild Airport is renamed JFK Airport in honor of the murdered President Kennedy.

  • 1956

    African Americans defy a city law in Tallahassee, Florida, and occupy front bus seats.

  • 1955

    Scott Fischer, mountain climber and guide; first American to reach the summit of Lhotse, the world’s fourth-highest mountain.

  • 1947

    An estimated 20,000 communists, led by guerrilla General Markos Vafthiades proclaim the Free Greek Government in northern Greece. They issue a call to arms to establish the regime throughout the nation.

  • 1943

    General Dwight D. Eisenhower is appointed the Allied Supreme Commander, even though almost everyone believed the position would go to American Chief of Staff George C. Marshall.

  • 1929

    Mary Higgins Clark, author of suspense novels (Where are the Children, Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting).

  • 1923

    US Army Major General George S. Patton IV, son of Gen. George Patton of World War II fame.

  • 1922

    Ava Gardner, film actress (The Barefoot Contessa, The Sun Also Rises).

  • 1917

    The Kaiser warns Russia that he will use “iron fist” and “shining sword” if peace is spurned.

  • 1914

    Over 577,000 Allied soldiers are to spend Christmas as prisoners in Germany.

  • 1905

    Howard Hughes, American industrialist, aviator, film producer, and director.

  • 1862

    A Christmas present arrives a day early for the Federal troops at Columbus, Kentucky, in the way of artillery on board the USS New Era.

  • 1861

    The USS Gem of the Sea destroys the British blockade runner Prince of Wales off the coast at Georgetown, S.C.

  • 1814

    A treaty of peace between the United States and Great Britain, ending the War of 1812, is signed at Ghent, Belgium. The news does not reach the United States until two weeks later (after the decisive American victory at New Orleans).

  • 1812

    Joel Barlow, aged 58, American poet and lawyer, dies from exposure near Vilna, Poland, during Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow. Barlow was on a diplomatic mission to the emperor for President Madison.

  • 1809

    Christopher Kit Carson, one of the most famous mountain men and scouts in the West.

  • 1745

    Benjamin Rush, American medical pioneer and signer of the Declaration of Independence.

  • 1638

    The Ottomans under Murad IV recapture Baghdad from Safavid Persia.

  • 1166

    King John of England.