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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 20, would your number have been called?

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


Hitler demands self-determination for Germans in Austria and Czechoslovakia.

Famous birthdays


Ludwig Boltzmann, atomic physics engineer

more events on February 20

  • 1982

    Carnegie Hall in New York begins $20 million in renovations.

  • 1971

    Young people protest having to cut their long hair in Athens, Greece.

  • 1968

    North Vietnamese army chief in Hue orders all looters to be shot on sight.

  • 1965

    Ranger 8 hits the moon and sends back 7,000 photos to the United States.

  • 1963

    Moscow offers to allow on-site inspection of nuclear testing.

  • 1962

    Mercury astronaut John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth.

  • 1959

    The FCC applies the equal time rule to TV newscasts of political candidates.

  • 1954

    The Ford Foundation gives a $25 million grant to the Fund for Advancement of Education.

  • 1943

    German troops of the Afrika Korps break through the Kasserine Pass, defeating U.S. forces.

  • 1942

    Lt. Edward O’Hare downs five out of nine Japanese bombers that are attacking the carrier Lexington.

  • 1941

    The United States sends war planes to the Pacific.

  • 1938

    Hitler demands self-determination for Germans in Austria and Czechoslovakia.

  • 1927

    Sidney Poitier, American actor, first African American male to win an Oscar (Lillies of the Field).

  • 1925

    Robert Altman, film director (Nashville, The Player).

  • 1924

    Gloria Vanderbilt, fashion designer