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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 23, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery

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

What happened today


Elisha Otis installs the first modern passenger elevator in a public building, at the corner of Broome Street and Broadway in New York City.

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Daniel Bovet, Swiss-born Italian pharmacologist and Nobel Prize Winner.

more events on March 23

  • 1981

    U.S. Supreme Court upholds a law making statutory rape a crime for men but not women.

  • 1972

    The United States calls a halt to the peace talks on Vietnam being held in Paris.

  • 1970

    Mafia boss Carlo Gambino is arrested for plotting to steal $3 million.

  • 1967

    Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. calls the Vietnam War the biggest obstacle to the civil rights movement.

  • 1956

    Pakistan becomes the first Islamic republic, although it is still within the British Commonwealth.

  • 1951

    U.S. paratroopers descend from flying boxcars in a surprise attack in Korea.

  • 1942

    The Japanese occupy the Anadaman Islands in the Indian Ocean.

  • 1933

    The Reichstag gives Adolf Hitler the power to rule by decree.

  • 1929

    Sir Roger Bannister, the first man to run the mile in less than four minutes.

  • 1927

    Captain Hawthorne Gray sets a new balloon record soaring to 28,510 feet.

  • 1921

    Arthur G. Hamilton sets a new parachute record, safely jumping 24,400 feet.

  • 1920

    Great Britain denounces the United States because of its delay in joining the League of Nations.

  • 1917

    Austrian Emperor Charles I makes a peace proposal to French President Poincare.

  • 1912

    Werner von Braun, German-born rocket pioneer.

  • 1910

    Akira Kurosawa, film director (Rashomon, The Seven Samurai).