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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 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.

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Packard introduces its "250" Chassis Convertible.

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

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.