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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 June 16, would your number have been called?

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

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

What happened today


President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal legislation is passed by the House of Representatives.

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Barbara McClintock, geneticist.

more events on June 16

  • 1977

    Leonid Brezhnev is named president of the Soviet Union.

  • 1971

    An El Greco sketch, “The Immaculate Conception,” stolen in Spain 35 years earlier, is recovered in New York City by the FBI.

  • 1961

    Ballet star Rudolf Nureyev defects from the Soviet Union while in Paris.

  • 1955

    The U.S. House of Representatives votes to extend Selective Service until 1959.

  • 1952

    Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl is published in the United States.

  • 1940

    French Chief of State, Henri Petain asks for an armistice with Germany.

  • 1938

    Joyce Carol Oates, American writer and university professor (Them, Garden of Earthly Delights).

  • Torgny Lindgren, Swedish writer.

  • 1935

    Jim Dine, American artist.

  • President Franklin Roosevelt‘s New Deal legislation is passed by the House of Representatives.

  • 1932

    The ban on Nazi storm troopers is lifted by the von Papen government in Germany.

  • 1925

    France accepts a German proposal for a security pact.

  • 1920

    John Howard Griffin, writer (Black Like Me).

  • 1917

    Irving Penn, fashion photographer, brother of film director Arthur Penn.

  • Katharine Graham, publisher of the Washington Post.