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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 March 16, 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.

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The first Indian appears to colonists in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

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Rosa Bonheur, French painter and sculptor.

more events on March 16

  • 1985

    Associated Press newsman, Terry Anderson is taken hostage in Beirut.

  • 1984

    Mozambique and South Africa sign a pact banning support for one another’s internal foes.

  • 1968

    U.S. troops in Vietnam destroy a village consisting mostly of women and children, the action is remembered as the My-Lai massacre.

  • 1964

    President Lyndon B. Johnson submits a $1 billion war on poverty program to Congress.

  • 1954

    CBS introduces The Morning Show hosted by Walter Cronkite to compete with NBC’s Today Show.

  • 1945

    Iwo Jima is declared secure by U.S. forces although small pockets of Japanese resistance still exist.

  • 1939

    Germany occupies the rest of Czechoslovakia.

  • 1935

    Adolf Hitler orders a German rearmament and violates the Versailles Treaty.

  • 1928

    The United States plans to send 1,000 more Marines to Nicaragua.

  • 1926

    Jerry Lewis, American comedian and film actor.

  • Physicist Robert H. Goddard launches the first liquid-fuel rocket.

  • 1917

    Russian Czar Nicholas II abdicates his throne.

  • 1913

    The 15,000-ton battleship Pennsylvania is launched at Newport News, Va.

  • 1912

    Thelma Catherine Patricia Ryan Nixon, first lady to President Richard Nixon.

  • 1907

    The British cruiser Invincible, the world’s largest, is completed at Glasgow shipyards.