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 21, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • 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 21

  • 1974

    A report claims that the use of defoliants by the U.S. has scarred Vietnam for a century.

  • 1972

    Richard Nixon arrives in Beijing, China, becoming the first U.S. president to visit a country not diplomatically recognized by the U.S.

  • 1965

    El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcom X) is assassinated in front of 400 people.

  • 1960

    Havana places all Cuban industry under direct control of the government.

  • 1956

    A grand jury in Montgomery, Alabama indicts 115 in a Negro bus boycott.

  • 1951

    The U. S. Eighth Army launches Operation Killer, a counterattack to push Chinese forces north of the Han River in Korea.

  • 1949

    Nicaragua and Costa Rica sign a friendship treaty ending hostilities over their borders.

  • 1944

    Hideki Tojo becomes chief of staff of the Japanese army.

  • 1940

    The Germans begin construction of a concentration camp at Auschwitz.

  • 1927

    Erma Bombeck, author and humorist (The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank).

  • 1920

    Robert S. Johnson, American World War II fighter ace who shot down 27 German planes.

  • 1916

    The Battle of Verdun begins with an unprecedented German artillery barrage of the French lines.

  • 1907

    W.H. Auden, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet (The Age of Anxiety).

  • 1905

    The Mukden campaign of the Russo-Japanese War, begins.

  • 1893

    Andrés Segovia, Spanish classical guitarist.

  • 1885

    The Washington Monument is dedicated in Washington, D.C.

  • 1878

    The world’s first telephone book is issued by the New Haven Connecticut Telephone Company containing the names of its 50 subscribers.

  • 1862

    The Texas Rangers win a Confederate victory in the Battle of Val Verde, New Mexico.

  • 1849

    In the Second Sikh War, Sir Hugh Gough’s well placed guns win a victory over a Sikh force twice the size of his at Gujerat on the Chenab River, assuring British control of the Punjab for years to come.

  • 1828

    The first issue of the Cherokee Phoenix is printed, both in English and in the newly invented Cherokee alphabet.

  • 1821

    Charles Scribner, founded the publishing firm which became Charles Scribner’s Sons and also founded Scribner’s magazine.

  • 1801

    John Henry Newman, English theologian and writer.

  • 1797

    Trinidad, West Indies surrenders to the British.

  • 1794

    Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, Mexican Revolutionary.

  • 1775

    As troubles with Great Britain increase, colonists in Massachusetts vote to buy military equipment for 15,000 men.

  • 1744

    The British blockade of Toulon is broken by 27 French and Spanish warships attacking 29 British ships.

  • 1631

    Michael Romanov, son of the Patriarch of Moscow, is elected Russian Tsar.

  • 1595

    The Jesuit poet Robert Southwell is hanged for “treason,” being a Catholic.