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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 19, 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
    Not CalledNot drafted

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

What happened today


Smallpox vaccination becomes obligatory in France.

Famous birthdays


Svante Arrhenius, Swedish chemist, founder of physical chemistry.

more events on February 19

  • 1987

    New York Governor Mario Cuomo declares that he will not run for president in the next election.

  • 1981

    The U.S. State Department calls El Salvador a “textbook case” of a Communist plot.

  • 1976

    Britain slashes welfare spending.

  • 1966

    Robert F. Kennedy suggests the United States offer the Vietcong a role in governing South Vietnam.

  • 1965

    Fourteen Vietnam War protesters are arrested for blocking the United Nations’ doors in New York.

  • 1952

    Amy Tan, novelist (The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife).

  • 1944

    The U.S. Eighth Air Force and Royal Air Force begin “Big Week,” a series of heavy bomber attacks against German aircraft production facilities.

  • 1942

    Port Darwin, on the northern coast of Australia, is bombed by the Japanese.

  • 1940

    Smokey Robinson, American singer and songwriter.

  • 1926

    Dr. Lane of Princeton estimates the earth’s age at one billion years.

  • 1925

    President Calvin Coolidge proposes the phasing out of inheritance tax.

  • 1919

    The First Pan African Congress meets in Paris, France.

  • 1917

    Carson McCullers, writer (The Heart is a Lonely Hunter).

  • American troops are recalled from the Mexican border.

  • 1915

    British and French warships begin their attacks on the Turkish forts at the mouth of the Dardenelles, in an abortive expedition to seize the straits of Gallipoli.