What happened on your birthday?

What’s Your Vietnam War Draft Lottery Number?

The Vietnam War draft lottery ran from 1969 to 1972. If you were born on December 31, 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 31

  • 1977

    Cambodia breaks relations with Vietnam.

  • 1965

    California becomes the largest state in population.

  • 1944

    Hungary declares war on Germany.

  • 1942

    After five months of battle, Emperor Hirohito allows the Japanese commanders at Guadalcanal to retreat.

  • 1941

    General MacArthur reports that U.S. lines in Manila have been pushed back by the Japanese.

  • 1930

    Brewery heir Adolphus Busch is kidnapped.

  • 1923

    The Sahara is crossed by an automobile for the first time.

  • 1915

    The Germans torpedo the British liner Persia without any warning killing 335 passengers.

  • 1911

    Helene Dutrieu wins the Femina aviation cup in Etampes. She sets a distance record for women at 158 miles.

  • 1910

    John B. Moisant and Arch Hoxsey, two of America’s foremost aviators, die in separate plane crashes.

  • 1908

    Simon Wiesenthal, survivor of the Nazi Holocaust who dedicated his life to tracking down former Nazis.

  • 1889

    George Catlett Marshall, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army during World War II, Secretary of State under Truman, won Nobel Peace Prize for the Marshall Plan.

  • 1869

    Henri Matisse, French artist.

  • 1862

    Union General William Rosecrans‘ army repels two Confederate attacks at the Battle of Murfreesboro (Stone’s River).

  • 1852

    The richest year of the gold rush ends with $81.3 million in gold produced.

  • 1815

    George Gordon Meade, Union general who defeated Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Gettysburg.

  • 1775

    George Washington orders recruiting officers to accept free blacks into the army.

  • 1720

    Charles Edward Stuart, grandson of James II, known as the Young Pretender and Bonnie Prince Charlie.