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 18, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • 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 18

  • 1982

    Mexico devalues the peso by 30 percent to fight an economic slide.

  • 1974

    Randolph Hearst is to give $2 million in free food for the poor in order to open talks for his daughter Patty.

  • 1972

    The California Supreme Court voids the death penalty.

  • 1968

    Three U.S. pilots that were held by the Vietnamese arrive in Washington.

  • 1967

    The National Art Gallery in Washington agrees to buy a Da Vinci for a record $5 million.

  • 1964

    The United States cuts military aid to five nations in reprisal for having trade relations with Cuba.

  • 1962

    Robert F. Kennedy says that U.S. troops will stay in Vietnam until Communism is defeated.

  • 1954

    East and West Berlin drop thousands of propaganda leaflets on each other after the end of a month long truce.

  • 1945

    U.S. Marines storm ashore at Iwo Jima.

  • 1944

    The U.S. Army and Marines invade Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific.

  • 1943

    German General Erwin Rommel takes three towns in Tunisia, North Africa.

  • 1939

    The Golden Gate Exposition opens in San Francisco.

  • 1935

    Rome reports sending troops to Italian Somalia.

  • 1934

    Audre Lord, poet.

  • 1932

    Manchurian independence is formally declared.

  • 1931

    Toni Morrison, Nobel laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author (The Bluest Eye, Beloved).

  • 1929

    Len Deighton, English spy writer (The Ipcress File).

  • 1922

    Helen Gurley Brown, editor of Cosmopolitan magazine.

  • 1920

    Vuillemin and Chalus complete their first flight over the Sahara Desert.

  • 1909

    Wallace Stegner, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist (Angle of Repose).

  • 1907

    600,000 tons of grain are sent to Russia to relieve the famine there.

  • 1892

    Wendell Wilkie, Presidential candidate against President Franklin Roosevelt.

  • 1885

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, is published in New York.

  • 1878

    The bitter and bloody Lincoln County War begins with the murder of Billy the Kid‘s mentor, Englishman rancher John Tunstall.

  • 1865

    Union troops force the Confederates to abandon Fort Anderson, N.C.

  • 1862

    Charles M. Schwab, “Boy Wonder” of the steel industry. President of both U.S. Steel and Bethlehem Steel.

  • 1861

    Jefferson F. Davis is inaugurated as the Confederacy‘s provisional president at a ceremony held in Montgomery, Ala.

  • Victor Emmanuel II becomes the first King of Italy.

  • 1859

    Shalom Aleichem, Yiddish author.

  • 1848

    Louis Comfort Tiffany, glassware artist and designer.

  • 1813

    Czar Alexander enters Warsaw at the head of his Army.

  • 1795

    George Peabody, U.S. merchant and philanthropist.

  • 1688

    Quakers in Germantown, Pa. adopt the first formal antislavery resolution in America.

  • 1516

    Queen Mary I, also known as Bloody Mary for her persecution of Protestants.

  • 1478

    George, the Duke of Clarence, who had opposed his brother Edward IV, is murdered in the Tower of London.