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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.

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.

  • 1944

    Advancing Soviet troops complete their encirclement of Budapest in Hungary.

  • 1943

    The German battleship Scharnhorst is sunk by British ships in an Arctic fight.

  • 1942

    Dan Massey, social activist, author; co-founder and CEO of VenusPlusX.

  • 1941

    General Douglas MacArthur declares Manila an open city in the face of the onrushing Japanese Army.

  • 1939

    Phil Spector, record producer; creator of the “Wall of Sound” production method; convicted in 2009 of murdering actress Lana Clarkson, he was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison.

  • 1932

    Over 70,000 people are killed in a massive earthquake in China.

  • 1927

    Alan King, comedian, actor, producer, author (How to Pick Up Girls, Night and the CIty).

  • 1925

    Six U.S. destroyers are ordered from Manila to China to protect interests in the civil war that is being waged there.

  • 1924

    Frank Broyles, college football player and coach; member of College Football Hall of Fame.

  • 1921

    Steve Allen, radio and TV personality, actor, musician, comedian, writer; hosted The Steve Allen Show and I’ve Got a Secret; won a Grammy for his jazz composition “The Gravy Waltz” (1963).

  • 1917

    As a wartime measure, President Woodrow Wilson places railroads under government control, with Secretary of War William McAdoo as director general.

  • 1914

    Richard Widmark, actor (Kiss of Death); member of Western Performers Hall of Fame.

  • 1907

    Albert Gore Sr., US Senator from Tennessee who was instrumental in sponsoring and pushing through legislation that created America’s Interstate Highway System.

  • 1905

    William Loeb III, publisher of the Manchester Union Leader (later The New Hampshire Union Leader), one of the best-known small town newspapers in the US.

  • 1894

    Jean Toomer, poet and novelist who figured prominently in the Harlem Renaissance (Cane).

  • 1893

    Mao Tse-tung, founding father of the People’s Republic of China.

  • 1891

    Henry Miller, American writer.

  • 1866

    Brig. Gen. Philip St. George Cooke, head of the Department of the Platte, receives word of the Fetterman Fight in Powder River County in the Dakota territory.

  • 1862

    38 Santee Sioux are hanged in Mankato, Minnesota for their part in the Sioux Uprising in Minnesota. Little Crow has fled the state.

  • 1806

    Napoleon’s army is checked by the Russians at the Battle of Pultusk.

  • 1792

    Charles Babbage, English mathematician who perfected the calculating machine.

  • 1786

    Daniel Shay leads a rebellion in Massachusetts to protest the seizure of property for the non-payment of debt.

  • 1776

    After crossing the Delaware River into New Jersey, George Washington leads an attack on Hessian mercenaries at Trenton, and takes 900 men prisoner.

  • 1716

    Thomas Gray, English poet.