What happened on your birthday?

What’s Your Vietnam War Draft Lottery Number?

The Vietnam War draft lottery ran from 1969 to 1972. If you were born on June 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

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

What happened today


Yank a weekly magazine for the U.S. armed services, begins publication.

Famous birthdays


James Weldon Johnson, African-American poet and novelist (The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man).

more events on June 17

  • 1994

    Millions of Americans watch former football player O.J. Simpson–facing murder charges–drive his Ford Bronco through Los Angeles, followed by police.

  • 1972

    Five men are arrested for burglarizing Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C.

  • 1970

    North Vietnamese troops cut the last operating rail line in Cambodia.

  • 1965

    27 B-52s hit Viet Cong outposts, but lose two planes in South Vietnam.

  • 1963

    The U.S. Supreme Court bans the required reading of the Lord’s prayer and Bible in public schools.

  • 1953

    Soviet tanks fight thousands of Berlin workers rioting against the East German government.

  • 1950

    Surgeon Richard Lawler performs the first kidney transplant operation in Chicago.

  • 1944

    French troops land on the island of Elba in the Mediterranean.

  • 1942

    Rod Padgett, poet.

  • Yank a weekly magazine for the U.S. armed services, begins publication.

  • 1940

    The Soviet Union occupies Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

  • 1932

    The U.S. Senate defeats the Bonus Bill as 10,000 veterans mass around the Capitol.

  • 1931

    British authorities in China arrest Indochinese Communist leader Ho Chi Minh.

  • 1930

    The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Bill becomes law, placing the highest tariff on imports to the United States.

  • 1926

    Spain threatens to quit the League of Nations if Germany is allowed to join.