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 February 11, 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

Read on to learn more about the Vietnam war draft lottery.

more events on February 11

  • 1990

    South African political leader Nelson Mandela is released from prison in Paarl, South Africa, after serving more than 27 years of a life sentence.

  • 1975

    Mrs. Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman to lead the British Conservative Party.

  • 1974

    Communist-led rebels shower artillery fire into a crowded area of Phnom Pehn, killing 139 and injuring 46 others.

  • 1966

    Vice President Hubert Humphrey begins a tour of Vietnam.

  • 1965

    President Lyndon Johnson orders air strikes against targets in North Vietnam, in retaliation for guerrilla attacks on the American military in South Vietnam.

  • 1964

    Cambodian Prince Sihanouk blames the United States for a South Vietnamese air raid on a village in his country.

  • 1962

    Poet and novelist Sylvia Plath commits suicide in London at age 30.

  • 1959

    Iran turns down Soviet aid in favor of a U.S. proposal for aid.

  • 1955

    Nationalist Chinese complete the evacuation of the Tachen Islands.

  • 1954

    A 75,000-watt light bulb is lit at the Rockefeller Center in New York, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Thomas Edison’s first light bulb.

  • 1953

    Walt Disney’s film Peter Pan premieres.

  • 1951

    U.N. forces push north across the 38th parallel for the second time in the Korean War.

  • 1945

    The meeting of President Franklin Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Marshal Joseph Stalin in Yalta, adjourns.

  • 1942

    The German battleships Gneisenau, Scharnhorst and Prinz Eugen begin their famed channel dash from the French port of Brest. Their journey takes them through the English Channel on their way back to Germany.

  • 1939

    The Negrin government returns to Madrid, Spain.

  • 1936

    The Reich arrests 150 Catholic youth leaders in Berlin.

  • 1926

    The Mexican government nationalizes all church property.

  • 1912

    Roy Fuller, poet and novelist.

  • 1910

    Theodore Roosevelt Jr. and Eleanor Alexander announce their wedding date–June 20, 1910.

  • 1908

    Phillipe Dunne, screenwriter and director (How Green Was My Valley).

  • 1907

    William J. Levitt, U.S. businessman and community builder who led the postwar housing revolutions with his Levittowns.

  • 1904

    President Theodore Roosevelt proclaims strict neutrality for the United States in the Russo-Japanese War.

  • 1903

    Congress passes the Expedition Act, giving antitrust cases priority in the courts.

  • 1898

    Leo Szilard, physicist, instrumental in the Manhattan Project.

  • 1858

    14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous, a French miller’s daughter, claims to have seen an apparition of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes.

  • 1855

    Josephine Marshall Jewell Dodge, American educator, pioneer in the concept of day nurseries for children.

  • 1847

    Thomas Alva Edison, prolific American inventor who jointly or singly held over 1,300 patents.

  • 1833

    Melville Weston Fuller, eighth U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice.

  • 1815

    News of the Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of 1812, finally reaches the United States.

  • 1809

    Robert Fulton patents the steamboat.

  • 1805

    Sixteen-year-old Sacajawea, the Shoshoni guide for Lewis & Clark, gives birth to a son, with Meriwether Lewis serving as midwife.

  • 1800

    William Henry Fox Talbot, photography pioneer, produced the first book with photographic illustrations (The Pencil of Nature).

  • 1535

    Gregory XIV, Roman Catholic Pope.

  • 1531

    Henry VIII is recognized as the supreme head of the Church of England.

  • 660

    Traditional founding of Japan by Emperor Jimmu Tenno.