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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 18, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • 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.

more events on March 18

  • 1986

    Buckingham Palace announces the engagement of Prince Andrew to Sarah Ferguson.

  • 1981

    The United States discloses biological weapons tests in Texas in 1966.

  • 1977

    Congo President Marien Ngouabi is killed by a suicide commando.

  • 1975

    South Vietnam abandons most of the Central Highlands to North Vietnamese forces.

  • 1971

    U.S. helicopters airlift 1,000 South Vietnamese soldiers out of Laos.

  • 1970

    The U.S. Postal Service is paralyzed by the first postal strike.

  • 1969

    President Richard M. Nixon authorizes Operation Menue, the ‘secret’ bombing of Cambodia.

  • 1965

    Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov becomes the first man to spacewalk when he exits his Voskhod 2 space capsule while in orbit around the Earth.

  • 1953

    The Braves baseball team announces that they are moving from Boston to Milwaukee.

  • 1950

    Nationalist troops land on the mainland of China and capture Communist-held Sungmen.

  • 1944

    The Russians reach the Romanian border.

  • 1943

    American forces take Gafsa in Tunisia.

  • Adolf Hitler calls off the offensive in the Caucasus.

  • 1942

    The third military draft begins in the United States.

  • 1939

    Georgia finally ratifies the Bill of Rights, 150 years after the birth of the federal government. Connecticut and Massachusetts, the only other states to hold out, also ratify the Bill of Rights in this year.

  • 1936

    Frederik W. deKlerk, President of the Republic of South Africa.

  • 1932

    John Updike, American poet and novelist.

  • 1922

    Mahatma Gandhi is sentenced to six years in prison for civil disobedience in India.

  • 1917

    The Germans sink the U.S. ships, City of Memphis, Vigilante and the Illinois, without any type of warning.

  • 1916

    On the Eastern Front, the Russians counter the Verdun assault with an attack at Lake Naroch. The Russians lose 100,000 men and the Germans lose 20,000.

  • 1913

    Greek King George I is killed by an assassin. Constantine I is to succeed.

  • 1911

    Theodore Roosevelt opens the Roosevelt Dam in Phoenix, Ariz., the largest dam in the United States to date.

  • 1893

    Wilfred Owen, World War I poet.

  • 1881

    Barnum and Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth opens in Madison Square Gardens.

  • 1874

    Hawaii signs a treaty giving exclusive trading rights with the islands to the United States.

  • 1869

    Neville Chamberlin, British Prime Minister (1937-40).

  • 1865

    The Congress of the Confederate States of America adjourns for the last time.

  • 1863

    Confederate women riot in Salisbury, N.C. to protest the lack of flour and salt in the South.

  • 1858

    Rudolf Diesel, German engineer who designed the compression-ignition engine.

  • 1842

    Stephane Mallarme, French symbolist poet.

  • 1837

    Stephen Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th President of the United States (1885-1889 and 1893-1897), the only U.S. president elected for two nonconsecutive terms.

  • 1782

    John C. Calhoun, U.S. statesman.

  • 1692

    William Penn is deprived of his governing powers.

  • 37

    The Roman Senate annuls Tiberius’ will and proclaims Caligula emperor.