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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 12, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • 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


Kiel and Wilhelmshaven become submarine bases in Germany.

Famous birthdays


Hermann Goering, Nazi leader, commander of the Luftwaffe.

more events on January 12

  • 2010

    An earthquake in Haiti kills an estimated 316,000 people.

  • 1998

    Nineteen European nations agree to prohibit human cloning.

  • 1991

    The U.S. Congress gives the green light to military action against Iraq in the Persian Gulf Crisis.

  • 1982

    Peking protests the sale of U.S. planes to Taiwan.

  • 1975

    The Khmer Rouge launches its newest assault in its five-year war in Phnom Penh. The war in Cambodia would go on until the spring of 1975.

  • 1973

    Yassar Arafat is re-elected as head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization.

  • 1968

    Heather Mills, model, charity campaigner; continued modeling with a prosthetic limb after a leg amputation due to a traffic accident and founded Heather Mills Health Trust to assist amputees; married to former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney (2003–2008).

  • 1962

    The United States resumes aid to the Laotian regime.

  • 1954

    Howard Stern, radio personality, author, TV show host; noted as a “shock jock” for his controversial comments on air.

  • 1952

    The Viet Minh cut the supply lines to the French forces in Hoa Binh, Vietnam.

  • 1951

    Rush Limbaugh, conservative radio talk show host, political commentator and author; a leading voice in the US neo-conservative movement.

  • Kirstie Alley, actress; won Emmy and Golden Globe as the leading actress in the TV series Cheers.

  • 1949

    Michael W. Vannier, radiologist; played important role in advancing three-dimensional imaging and surgical planning.

  • 1946

    Cynthia Robinson, musician, vocalist with the psychedelic soul/funk band Sly and the Family Stone.

  • 1943

    Soviet forces raise the siege of Leningrad.