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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 18, 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

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

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Henry VII marries Elizabeth of York.

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more events on January 18

  • 1991

    Iraq starts firing Scud missiles at Israeli cities.

  • 1978

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) isolate the cause of Legionnaire’s disease.

  • 1964

    Plans are disclosed for the World Trade Center in New York.

  • 1962

    The United States begins spraying foliage with herbicides in South Vietnam, in order to reveal the whereabouts of Vietcong guerrillas.

  • 1948

    Gandhi breaks a 121-hour fast after halting Muslim-Hindu riots.

  • 1945

    The German Army launches its second attempt to relieve the besieged city of Budapest from the advancing Red Army.

  • 1942

    General MacArthur repels the Japanese in Bataan. The United States takes the lead in the Far East war criminal trials.

  • 1916

    The Russians force the Turkish 3rd Army back to Erzurum.

  • 1910

    Aviator Eugene Ely performs his first successful take off and landing from a ship in San Francisco.

  • 1904

    Cary Grant, U.S. film actor (Gunga Din, Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, North by Northwest).

  • 1902

    The Isthmus Canal Commission in Washington shifts its support from Nicaragua to Panama as a favored canal site.

  • 1892

    Oliver Hardy, film comedian, one half of Laurel and Hardy.

  • 1882

    A.A. [Alan Alexander] Milne, novelist, humorist and journalist (Winnie the Pooh).

  • 1862

    John Tyler, former president of the U.S., is buried at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.

  • 1858

    Daniel Hale Williams, physician who performed the first open heart surgery, founder of Chicago’s Provident Hospital.