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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.

What happened today


France limits the importation of goods from Britain.

Famous birthdays


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

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.