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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.

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.

  • 1919

    Primo Levi, Italian writer and scientist (Survival in Auschwitz).

  • 1917

    The third Battle of Ypres commences as the British attack the German lines.

  • 1912

    Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winning economist.

  • 1904

    The Trans-Siberian railroad connecting the Ural mountains with Russia’s Pacific coast, is completed.

  • 1901

    Jean Dubuffet, French sculptor and painter.

  • 1891

    Great Britain declares territories in Southern Africa up to the Congo to be within its sphere of influence.

  • 1882

    Belle and Sam Starr are charged with horse stealing in the Indian territory.

  • 1875

    Former president Andrew Johnson dies at the age of 66.

  • 1867

    S.S. Kresge, American businessman.

  • 1837

    William Clarke Quantrill, Confederate raider during the American Civil War.

  • 1816

    George Henry Thomas, Union general during the American Civil War.

  • 1803

    John Ericsson, naval engineer and inventor, developed the screw propeller.

  • 1790

    The U.S. Patent Office opens.

  • 1760

    Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick, drives the French army back to the Rhine River.

  • 1703

    English novelist Daniel Defoe is made to stand in the pillory as punishment for offending the government and church with his satire The Shortest Way With Dissenters.

  • 904

    Arabs capture Thessalonica.