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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 17, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
  • 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 17

  • 1985

    A jury in New Jersey rules that terminally ill patients have the right to starve themselves.

  • 1964

    Michelle Robinson Obama, wife of US President Barack Obama.

  • 1963

    Soviet leader Khrushchev visits the Berlin Wall.

  • 1945

    The Red army occupies Warsaw.

  • 1942

    Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], U.S. boxer, “The Greatest,” who is the only three-time heavyweight champion..

  • 1939

    The Reich issues an order forbidding Jews to practice as dentists, veterinarians and chemists.

  • 1922

    Betty White, actress; created memorable characters in TV sitcoms from the 1950s into the 21st century (Life with Elizabeth, Mary Tyler Moore, The Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland) and was a popular guest on TV game shows. At age 88 and a half she became the oldest person ever to host Saturday Night Live (2010).

  • 1912

    Robert Scott reaches the South Pole only a month after Roald Amundsen.

  • 1899

    Al Capone, U.S. mobster known as “Scarface Al” who ran most of Chicago and the surrounding area.

  • 1893

    Queen Liliuokalani, the Hawaiian monarch, is overthrown by a group of American sugar planters led by Sanford Ballard Dole.

  • 1863

    David Lloyd George, British Prime Minister during World War I.

  • 1860

    Anton Chekhov, Russian playwright and short story writer famous for The Seagull and Three Sisters.

  • 1852

    At the Sand River Convention, the British recognize the independence of the Transvaal Board.

  • 1819

    Simon Bolivar the “liberator” proclaims Columbia a republic.

  • 1773

    Captain James Cook becomes the first person to cross the Antarctic Circle.

  • 1746

    Charles Edward Stuart, the young pretender, defeats the government forces at the battle of Falkirk in Scotland.

  • 1706

    Benjamin Franklin, statesman, diplomat, scientist and inventor who helped draft the Declaration of Independence and wrote Poor Richard’s Almanac.

  • 1601

    The Treaty of Lyons ends a short war between France and Savoy.

  • 1504

    Pius V, Pope 1566-1572.