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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 14, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted

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

What happened today


The League of Women Voters is formed in Chicago in celebration of the imminent ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.

Famous birthdays


George Washington Gale Ferris, inventor of the Ferris Wheel.

more events on February 14

  • 1989

    Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini charges that Salman Rushdie’s novel, The Satanic Verses, is blasphemous and issues an edict (fatwa) calling on Muslims to kill Rushdie.

  • 1985

    Vietnamese troops surround the main Khmer Rouge base at Phnom Malai.

  • 1979

    Armed guerrillas attack the U.S. embassy in Tehran.

  • 1973

    The United States and Hanoi set up a group to channel reconstruction aid directly to Hanoi.

  • 1971

    Moscow publicizes a new five-year plan geared to expanding consumer production.

  • 1965

    Malcolm X’s home is firebombed. No injuries are reported.

  • 1957

    The Georgia state senate outlaws interracial athletics.

  • 1955

    A Jewish couple loses their fight to adopt Catholic twins as the U.S. Supreme Court refuses to rule on state law.

  • 1949

    The United States charges the Soviet Union with interning up to 14 million in labor camps.

  • 1945

    The siege of Budapest ends as the Soviets take the city. Only 785 German and Hungarian soldiers managed to escape.

  • 800 Allied aircraft firebomb the German city of Dresden. Smaller followup bombing raids last until April with a total death toll of between 35,000 to 130,000 civilians.

  • 1942

    Japanese paratroopers attack Sumatra. Aidan MacCarthy‘s RAF unit flew to Palembang, in eastern Sumatra, where 30 Royal Australian Air Force Lockheed A-28 Hudson bombers were waiting.

  • 1940

    Britain announces that all merchant ships will be armed.

  • 1939

    Germany launches the battleship Bismarck.

  • 1934

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Today is St. Valentine’s Day, the feast day of two Christian martyrs named Valentine: one a priest and physician, the other the Bishop of Terni. Both are purported to have been beheaded on this day. The custom of sending handmade ‘valentines’ to one’s beloved became popular during the 17th century and was first commercialized in the United States in the 1840s.