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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 26, 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.

What happened today


Time magazine chooses a personal computer as it "Man of the Year," the first non-human ever to receive the honor.

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Charles Babbage, English mathematician who perfected the calculating machine.

more events on December 26

  • 2006

    Former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford dies at age 93. Ford was the only unelected president in America’s history.

  • 2004

    A tsunami caused by a 9.3-magnitude earthquake kills more than 230,000 along the rim of the Indian Ocean.

  • 2000

    Samuel Sevian, chess prodigy; at age 12 became youngest-ever United States International Master.

  • 1999

    Lothar, a violent, 36-hour windstorm begins; it kills 137 and causes $1.3 billion (US dollars) damage in Central Europe.

  • 1996

    Workers in South Korea’s automotive and shipbuilding industries begin the largest labor strike in that country’s history, protesting a new law that made firing employees easier and would curtail the rights of labor groups to organize.

  • JonBenet Ramsey, a six-year-old beauty queen, is found beaten and strangled to death in the basement of her family’s home in Boulder, Colorado, one of the most high-profile crimes of the late 20th century in the US.

  • 1991

    The Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union formally dissolves the Soviet Union.

  • 1982

    Time magazine chooses a personal computer as it “Man of the Year,” the first non-human ever to receive the honor.

  • 1979

    The Soviet Union flies 5,000 troops to intervene in the Afghanistan conflict.

  • 1966

    Dr. Maulana Karenga celebrates the first Kwanza, a seven-day African-American celebration of family and heritage.

  • 1962

    Eight East Berliners escape to West Berlin, crashing through gates in an armor-plated bus.

  • 1953

    The United States announces the withdrawal of two divisions from Korea.

  • 1947

    USMC General James T. Conway, commandant of the Marine Corps (2006-10); commanded 1st Marine Expeditionary Force during the Second Gulf War.

  • 1945

    John Walsh, TV personality, victims rights advocate; created of America’s Most Wanted TV series after the murder of his son Adam in 1981.

  • The United States, Soviet Union and Great Britain, end a 10-day meeting, seeking an atomic rule by the UN Council.