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 17, 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 17

  • 1985

    Murray Haydon becomes the third person to receive an artificial heart.

  • 1979

    China begins a “pedagogical” war against Vietnam. It will last until March.

  • 1975

    Art by Cezanne, Gauguin, Renoir, and van Gogh, valued at $5 million, is stolen from the Municipal Museum in Milan.

  • 1973

    President Richard Nixon names Patrick Gray director of the FBI.

  • 1969

    Russia and Peru sign their first trade accord.

  • 1963

    Michael Jordan, basketball player for the Chicago Bulls.

  • Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev visits the Berlin Wall.

  • 1960

    Martin Luther King Jr. is arrested in the Alabama bus boycott.

  • 1959

    The United States launches its first weather station in space, Vanguard II.

  • 1955

    Britain announces its ability to make hydrogen bombs.

  • 1951

    Packard introduces its “250” Chassis Convertible.

  • 1945

    Gen. MacArthur’s troops land on Corregidor in the Philippines.

  • 1944

    U.S forces land on Eniwetok atoll in the South Pacific.

  • 1938

    The first color television is demonstrated at the Dominion Theatre in London.

  • 1935

    Thirty-one prisoners escape an Oklahoma prison after murdering a guard.

  • 1933

    The League of Nations censures Japan in a worldwide broadcast.

  • 1929

    Chaim Potok, novelist (The Chosen, The Promise).

  • 1925

    The first issue of Harold Ross’ magazine, The New Yorker, hits the stands, selling for 15 cents a copy.

  • 1919

    Germany signs an armistice giving up territory in Poland.

  • 1909

    Apache chief Geronimo dies of pneumonia at age 80, while still in captivity at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

  • 1908

    Walter Lanier “Red” Barber, baseball announcer for the Cincinnati Reds, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees.

  • 1902

    Marian Anderson, American singer.

  • 1874

    Thomas J. Watson Sr., U.S. industrialist.

  • 1865

    The South Carolina capital city, Columbia, is destroyed by fire as Major General William Tecumseh Sherman marches through.

  • 1864

    A(ndrew) B(arton) “Banjo” Paterson, Australian poet and journalist.

  • The Confederate submarine Hunley sinks the USS Housatonic in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina.

  • 1801

    The House of Representatives breaks an electoral college tie and chooses Thomas Jefferson over Aaron Burr.

  • 1774

    Raphaelle Peale, U.S. painter

  • 1720

    Spain signs the Treaty of the Hague with the Quadruple Alliance ending a war that was begun in 1718.

  • 1598

    Boris Godunov, the boyar of Tarar origin, is elected czar in succession to his brother-in-law Fydor.

  • 1454

    At a grand feast, Philip the Good of Burgundy takes the “vow of the pheasant,” by which he swears to fight the Turks.