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 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.

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

  • 1918

    The Soviet Red Army seizes Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine.

  • 1915

    President Woodrow Wilson opens the Panama-Pacific Expo in San Francisco to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal.

  • 1906

    Russian troops seize large portions of Mongolia.

  • 1904

    Aleksey Nikolayevich Kosygin, Premier of the Soviet Union (1964-1980).

  • 1902

    Ansel Adams, American landscape photographer, especially of western wilderness and mountain panoramas.

  • 1901

    Louis I. Kahn, architect.

  • Rene Dubos, microbiologist, developed the first commercial antibiotic.

  • 1900

    J.F. Pickering patents his airship.

  • 1898

    Jimmy Yancey, American blues pianist.

  • 1894

    Curt Richter, biologist.

  • 1888

    Marie Rambert, ballet dancer and director.

  • 1864

    Confederate troops defeat a Union army sent to bring Florida into the union at the Battle of Olustee, Fla.

  • 1844

    Ludwig Boltzmann, atomic physics engineer

  • 1831

    Polish revolutionaries defeat the Russians in the Battle of Grochow.

  • 1809

    The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the power of the federal government is greater than any individual state in the Union.

  • 1808

    Honore Daumier, French caricaturist.

  • 1792

    The U.S. Postal Service is created.

  • 1726

    William Prescott, U.S. Revolutionary War hero at the Battle of Bunker Hill.

  • 1725

    New Hampshire militiamen partake in the first recorded scalping of Indians by whites in North America.

  • 1513

    Pope Julius II dies. He will lay in rest in a huge tomb sculptured by Michelangelo.