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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 31, 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


Former president Andrew Johnson dies at the age of 66.

Famous birthdays


J.K. Rowling, author (Harry Potter series).

more events on July 31

  • 2007

    The British Army’s longest continual operation, Operation Banner (1969-2007), ends as British troops withdraw from Northern Ireland.

  • 2006

    Fidel Castro temporarily hands over power to his brother Raul Castro.

  • 1999

    NASA purposely crashes its Discovery Program’s Lunar Prospector into the moon, ending the agency’s mission to detect frozen water on Earth’s moon.

  • 1991

    The US and the USSR sign a long-range nuclear weapons reduction pact.

  • 1990

    Bosnia-Herzegovina declares independence from Yugoslavia.

  • 1988

    Bridge collapse at Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal in Butterworth, Malaysia, kills 32 and injures more than 1,600.

  • 1987

    An F4 tornado in Edmonton, Alberta kills 27 and causes $330 million in damages; the day is remembered as “Black Friday.”

  • 1971

    Apollo 15 astronauts take a drive on the moon in their land rover.

  • 1965

    J.K. Rowling, author (Harry Potter series).

  • 1962

    Federation of Malaysia formally proposed.

  • 1951

    Evonne Goolagong, Australian tennis player.

  • 1944

    The Soviet army takes Kovno, the capital of Lithuania.

  • 1932

    Adolf Hitler‘s Nationalist Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazis) doubles its strength in legislative elections.

  • 1928

    Horace Silver, jazz pianist, composer and bandleader.

  • 1921

    Whitney Young, Jr., civil rights leader and executive director of the National Urban League.