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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.

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.

  • 1940

    Soviet bombers raid cities in Finland.

  • 1938

    Qazi Hussain Ahmad, former Emir of Jamaat-e-Islami, right-wing party in Pakistan; vocal critic of US counterterrorism policy.

  • Austria recognizes the Franco government in Spain.

  • 1932

    Oliver Wendell Holmes retires from the Supreme Court at age 90.

  • 1927

    U.S. Secretary of State Kellogg claims that Mexican rebel Plutarco Calles is aiding communist plot in Nicaragua.

  • 1926

    Ray Price, singer; leader in the “Nashville sound” movement that introduced lush arrangements into country music recording (“The Same Old Me,” “For the Good Times”).

  • U.S. coal talks break down, leaving both sides bitter as the strike drags on into its fifth month.

  • 1923

    Ira Hays, one of the US Marines photographed in the iconic image of raising a flag on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima; member of the Pima tribe; portrayed himself in the movie Sands of Iwo Jima.

  • 1916

    P.W. Botha, first State President of South Africa (1984-89).

  • 1915

    The U.S. Congress establishes Rocky Mountain National Park.

  • 1913

    Kiel and Wilhelmshaven become submarine bases in Germany.

  • 1908

    A wireless message is sent long-distance for the first time from the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

  • 1907

    Sergi Korolev, engineer, lead rocket engineer and spacecraft designer for the Soviet Union during the 1950s and ’60s; often called the “father of practical astronautics”.

  • 1905

    Tex Ritter, singer, actor (“Have I Told You Lately that I Love You?”).

  • 1903

    Igor Kurchatov, Russian physicist, known as the “father of the Soviet atomic bomb.”

  • 1893

    Hermann Goering, Nazi leader, commander of the Luftwaffe.

  • 1879

    The British-Zulu War begins. British troops — under Lieutenant General Frederic Augustus — invade Zululand from the southern African republic of Natal.

  • 1876

    Jack London, American writer (The Call of the Wild).

  • 1872

    Russian Grand Duke Alexis goes on a gala buffalo hunting expedition with Gen. Phil Sheridan and Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer.

  • 1737

    John Hancock, first signer of the Declaration of Independence.

  • 1588

    John Winthrop, the first governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony.