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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 January 04, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery

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

What happened today


Spain signs a treaty to return Ifni province to Morocco.

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Floyd Patterson, professional boxer; at age 21 he became the youngest man to win the world heavyweight title (later replaced by Mike Tyson at age 20) and the first heavyweight to regain the title.

more events on January 4

  • 2010

    Burj Khalifa (Khalifa tower) officially opens in Dubai, UAE. At 2,722 ft (829.8 m) it is the world’s tallest man-made structure.

  • 2007

    Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California) becomes the first female speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • 2004

    Mikheil Saakashvili is elected President of Georgia following the Rose Revolution of November 2003.

  • NASA Mars rover Spirit successfully lands on Mars.

  • 1999

    Jesse “The Body” Ventura, a former professional wrestler, is sworn in as populist governor of Minnesota.

  • 1990

    Over 300 people die and more than 700 are injured in Pakistan’s deadliest train accident, when an overloaded passenger train collides with an empty freight train.

  • 1976

    The Ulster Volunteer Force kills six Irish Catholic civilians in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. The next day 10 Protestant civilians are murdered in retaliation.

  • 1974

    President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over tape recordings and documents that had been subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.

  • 1972

    Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey (The Central Criminal Court of England and Wales) in London, England.

  • 1970

    A 7.7 earthquake kills 15,000+ people in Tonghai County, China.

  • 1969

    Spain signs a treaty to return Ifni province to Morocco.

  • 1957

    Patty Loveless, country singer; her multiple awards include Academy of Country Music Top Female Vocalist 1996, 1997.

  • 1952

    The French Army in Indochina launches Operation Nenuphar in hopes of ejecting a Viet Minh division from the Ba Tai forest.

  • 1951

    UN forces abandon Seoul, Korea, to the Chinese Communist Army.

  • 1943

    Doris Kearns Goodwin, biographer, historian, political commentator; won Pulitzer Prize in 1995 (No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The American Homefront During WWII) and the Lincoln Prize in 2005 (Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln).