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.

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.

  • 1924

    The Fascist militia marches into Rome.

  • 1917

    The Russian Duma meets in secret session in Petrograd and votes for an immediate Russian offensive against the German Army.

  • 1914

    John Hersey, novelist and journalist (Men on Bataan, Hiroshima).

  • 1913

    U.S. Marines set sail from San Diego to protect American interests in Mexico.

  • 1912

    The German Zeppelin SZ 111 burns in its hangar in Friedrichshafen.

  • 1882

    Igor Stravinsky, Russian-born U.S. composer (The Rite of Spring, The Firebird).

  • 1880

    Carl Van Vechten, writer.

  • 1876

    General George Crook‘s command is attacked and bested on the Rosebud River by 1,500 Sioux and Cheyenne under the leadership of Crazy Horse.

  • 1872

    George M. Hoover begins selling whiskey in Dodge City, Kansas–a town which had previously been “dry.”

  • 1871

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

  • 1863

    On the way to Gettysburg, Union and Confederate forces skirmish at Point of Rocks, Maryland.

  • 1861

    President Abraham Lincoln witnesses Dr. Thaddeus Lowe demonstrate the use of a hot-air balloon.

  • 1856

    The Republican Party opens its first national convention in Philadelphia.

  • 1854

    The Red Turban revolt breaks out in Guangdong, China.

  • 1848

    Austrian General Alfred Windisch-Gratz crushes a Czech uprising in Prague.

  • 1799

    Napoleon Bonaparte incorporates Italy into his empire.

  • 1775

    The British take Bunker Hill outside of Boston, after a costly battle.

  • 1742

    William Hooper, signer of the Declaration of Independence.

  • 1703

    John Wesley, English evangelist and theologian, founder of the Methodist movement.

  • 1579

    Sir Francis Drake claims San Francisco Bay for England.

  • 1239

    Edward I (Longshanks), King of England (1272-1307).

  • 362

    Emperor Julian issues an edict banning Christians from teaching in Syria.