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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 February 13, 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


The Confederacy approves the recruitment of slaves as soldiers, as long as the approval of their owners is gained.

Famous birthdays


Tennessee Ernie Ford, country and gospel singer.

more events on February 13

  • 1984

    Konstantin Chernenko is selected to succeed Yuri Andropov as Party General Secretary in the Soviet Union.

  • 1972

    Enemy attacks in Vietnam decline for the third day as the United States continues its intensive bombing strategy.

  • 1970

    General Motors is reportedly redesigning automobiles to run on unleaded fuel.

  • 1968

    The United States sends 10,500 more combat troops to Vietnam.

  • 1953

    The Pope asks the United States to grant clemency to convicted spies Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.

  • 1951

    At the Battle of Chipyong-ni, in Korea, U.N. troops contain the Chinese forces’ offensive in a two-day battle.

  • 1949

    A mob burns a radio station in Ecuador after the broadcast of H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds.

  • 1945

    The Royal Air Force Bomber Command devastates the German city of Dresden with night raids by 873 heavy bombers. The attacks are joined by 521 American heavy bombers flying daylight raids.

  • 1936

    First social security checks are put in the mail.

  • 1933

    Kim Novak, actress.

  • 1923

    Charles “Chuck” Yeager, American test pilot, the first man to break the sound barrier.

  • 1922

    Harold “Hal” Moore Jr., US Army lieutenant general, author; led 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment at 1965 Battle of Ia Drang Valley; his best-known book, co-authored with combat journalist Joe Galloway, is “We Were Soldiers Once . . . And Young,” an account of that battle.

  • 1920

    The Negro National League, the first black baseball league, is established by Rube Foster.

  • 1919

    Tennessee Ernie Ford, country and gospel singer.

  • 1914

    The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is founded.