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 July 16, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery

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

What happened today


Mary Todd Lincoln, the widow of Abraham Lincoln, dies of a stroke.

Famous birthdays


Barbara Stanwyck, actress.

more events on July 16

  • 1999

    A private plane piloted by John F. Kennedy Jr. is lost over the waters off Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

  • 1969

    Apollo 11 blasts off from Cape Kennedy, Florida, heading for a landing on the moon.

  • 1948

    Pinchas Zukerman, violinist and conductor.

  • Ruben Blades, songwriter and actor.

  • 1945

    The United States detonates the first atomic bomb in a test at Alamogordo, N. M.

  • 1944

    Soviet troops occupy Vilnius, Lithuania, in their drive towards Germany.

  • 1941

    Dag Solstad, Norwegian novelist and playwright.

  • 1940

    Adolf Hitler orders preparations for the invasion of England.

  • 1928

    Anita Brookner, writer (Hotel du Lac).

  • 1918

    Czar Nicholas and his family are murdered by Bolsheviks at Ekaterinburg, Russia.

  • 1911

    Ginger Rogers, actress and dancer.

  • 1907

    Barbara Stanwyck, actress.

  • 1896

    Trygve Lie, first secretary-general of the United Nations.

  • 1882

    Mary Todd Lincoln, the widow of Abraham Lincoln, dies of a stroke.

  • 1875

    The new French constitution is finalized.