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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 July 17, 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
    Not CalledNot drafted

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

more events on July 17

  • 1987

    Lt. Col. Oliver North and Rear Adm. John Poindexter begin testifying to Congress regarding the Iran-Contra scandal.

  • 1966

    Ho Chi Minh orders a partial mobilization of North Vietnam to defend against American airstrikes.

  • 1960

    American pilot Francis Gary Powers pleads guilty to spying charges in a Moscow court.

  • 1946

    Chinese communists attack the Nationalist army on the Yangtze River.

  • 1944

    Field Marshall Erwin Rommel is wounded when an Allied fighter strafes his staff car in France.

  • 1935

    Peter Schickele, composer, creator of P.D.Q. Bach.

  • 1925

    Laszlo Nagy, Hungarian poet.

  • 1923

    James Purdy, writer (Cabot Wright Begins).

  • 1922

    Donald Davie, English poet and literary critic.

  • 1912

    Art Linkletter, radio and television personality.

  • 1902

    Christina E. Stead, novelist and screenwriter.

  • 1899

    James Cagney, American actor (Yankee Doodle Dandy, Mister Roberts).

  • 1898

    Bernice Abbott, photographer.

  • U.S. troops under General William R. Shafter take Santiago de Cuba during the Spanish-American War.

  • 1894

    Georges Lemaitre, Belgian astronomer.

  • 1889

    Erle Stanley Gardner, detective writer, creator of Perry Mason.

  • 1888

    S.Y. Agnon, Israeli writer (The Day Before Yesterday).

  • 1864

  • 1821

    Andrew Jackson becomes the governor of Florida.

  • 1815

    Napoleon Bonaparte surrenders to the British at Rochefort, France.

  • 1801

    The U.S. fleet arrives in Tripoli.

  • 1799

    Ottoman forces, supported by the British, capture Aboukir, Egypt from the French.

  • 1791

    National Guard troops open fire on a crowd of demonstrators in Paris.

  • 1785

    France limits the importation of goods from Britain.

  • 1763

    John Jacob Astor, American fur trader and entrepreneur.

  • 1762

    Peter III of Russia is murdered and his wife, Catherine II, takes the throne.

  • 1674

    Isaac Watts, English minister and hymn writer.

  • 1453

    France defeats England at Castillon, France, ending the Hundred Years’ War.