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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 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
    Not CalledNot drafted

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

What happened today


A U.S. submarine locates a missing H-bomb in the Mediterranean.

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Daniel Conway Moncure, U.S. clergyman, author, abolitionist

more events on March 17

  • 1992

    White South Africans approve constitutional reforms giving legal equality to blacks.

  • 1985

    President Ronald Reagan agrees to a joint study with Canada on acid rain.

  • 1973

    First POWs are released from the “Hanoi Hilton” in Hanoi, North Vietnam.

  • Twenty are killed in Cambodia when a bomb goes off that was meant for the Cambodian President Lon Nol.

  • 1972

    Nixon asks Congress to halt busing in order to achieve desegregation.

  • 1970

    The Army charges 14 officers with suppression of facts in the My Lai massacre case.

  • 1966

    A U.S. submarine locates a missing H-bomb in the Mediterranean.

  • 1962

    The Soviet Union asks the United States to pull out of South Vietnam.

  • 1961

    The United States increases military aid and technicians to Laos.

  • 1959

    The 14th Dalai Lama flees Tibet and goes to India.

  • 1944

    The U.S. Eighth Air Force bombs Vienna.

  • 1942

    The Nazis begin deporting Jews to the Belsen camp.

  • 1930

    Mob boss Al Capone is released from jail.

  • 1924

    Four Douglas army aircraft leave Los Angeles for an around the world flight.

  • 1919

    Nat “King” Cole, American jazz pianist and singer.