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 January 16, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • 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 January 16

  • 1991

    The Persian Gulf War begins. The massive U.S.-led offensive against Iraq — Operation Desert Storm — ends on February 28, 1991, when President George Bush declares a cease-fire, and Iraq pledges to honor future coalition and U.N. peace terms.

  • 1979

    The Shah leaves Iran.

  • 1975

    The Irish Republican Army calls an end to a 25-day cease fire in Belfast.

  • 1965

    Eighteen are arrested in Mississippi for the murder of three civil rights workers.

  • 1956

    The Egyptian government makes Islam the state religion.

  • 1945

    The U.S. First and Third armies link up at Houffalize, effectively ending the Battle of the Bulge.

  • 1944

    Eisenhower assumes supreme command of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe.

  • 1942

    Japan’s advance into Burma begins.

  • 1940

    Hitler cancels an attack in the West due to bad weather and the capture of German attack plans in Belgium.

  • 1939

    Franklin D. Roosevelt asks for an extension of the Social Security Act to include more women and children.

  • 1933

    Susan Sontag, American essayist and novelist (The Style of Radical Will, Illness as a Metaphor).

  • 1920

    Allies lift the blockade on trade with Russia.

  • The League of Nations holds its first meeting in Paris.

  • 1914

    Maxim Gorky is authorized to return to Russia after an eight year exile for political dissidence.

  • 1909

    Ethel Merman, U.S. singer and actress, the “Queen of Broadway.”

  • One of Ernest Shackleton‘s polar exploration teams reaches the Magnetic South Pole.

  • 1900

    The U.S. Senate recognizes the Anglo-German Treaty of 1899 by which the UK renounced its rights to the Samoan Islands.

  • 1865

    General William T. Sherman begins a march through the Carolinas.

  • 1847

    John C. Fremont, the famed “Pathfinder” of Western exploration, is appointed governor of California.

  • 1821

    John C. Breckinridge, 14th U.S. Vice President, Confederate Secretary of War.

  • 1786

    The Council of Virginia guarantees religious freedom.

  • 1757

    Samuel McIntire, architect of Salem, Massachusetts.

  • 1749

    Vittorio Alfieri, Italian tragic poet (Cleopatra, Parigi shastigliata).

  • 1547

    Ivan IV crowns himself the new Czar of Russia in Assumption Cathedral in Moscow.