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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
    332
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
    319
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
    168
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
    357

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


What happened today

1942

The third military draft begins in the United States.

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John Updike, American poet and novelist.

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.