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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 31, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
  • 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 31

  • 1991

    Albania offers a multi-party election for the first time in 50 years.

  • 1980

    President Jimmy Carter deregulates the banking industry.

  • 1970

    U.S. forces in Vietnam down a MIG-21, the first since September 1968.

  • 1967

    President Lyndon Johnson signs the Consular Treaty, the first bi-lateral pact with the Soviet Union since the Bolshevik Revolution.

  • 1966

    An estimated 200,000 anti-war demonstrators march in New York City.

  • 1960

    The South African government declares a state of emergency after demonstrations lead to the deaths of more than 50 Africans.

  • 1954

    The siege of Dien Bien Phu, the last French outpost in Vietnam, begins after the Viet Minh realize it cannot be taken by direct assault.

  • 1949

    Winston Churchill declares that the A-bomb was the only thing that kept the Soviet Union from taking over Europe.

  • 1948

    Al Gore, Vice President to President William J. Clinton (1993-2001).

  • The Soviet Union begins controlling the Western trains headed toward Berlin.

  • 1945

    The United States and Britain bar a Soviet supported provisional regime in Warsaw from entering the U.N. meeting in San Francisco.

  • 1941

  • 1940

    La Guardia airport in New York officially opens to the public.

  • 1939

  • 1936

    Marge Piercy, poet and novelist.

  • 1933

    To relieve rampant unemployment, Congress authorizes the Civilian Conservation Corps .

  • 1926

    John Fowles, English novelist (The Collector, The French Lieutenant’s Woman).

  • 1921

    Great Britain declares a state of emergency because of the thousands of coal miners on strike.

  • 1918

    Daylight Savings Time goes into effect throughout the United States for the first time.

  • 1917

    The United States purchases the Virgin Islands from Denmark for $25 million.

  • 1916

    General John Pershing and his army rout Pancho Villa‘s army in Mexico.

  • 1915

    Henry Morgan, comedian, radio performer.

  • 1914

    Octavio Paz, Mexican diplomat and Nobel Prize-winning writer.

  • 1889

    The Eiffel Tower in Paris officially opens on the Left Bank as part of the Exhibition of 1889.

  • 1880

    The first electric street lights ever installed by a municipality are turned on in Wabash, Indiana.

  • 1878

    Jack Johnson, first Africa-American boxer to become the world heavyweight champion.

  • 1862

    Skirmishing between Rebels and Union forces takes place at Island 10 on the Mississippi River.

  • 1854

    Sir Dugald Clerk, inventor of the two-stroke motorcycle engine.

  • 1836

    The first monthly installment of The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens is published in London.

  • 1811

    Robert Wilhelm Bunsen, chemist, inventor of the Bunsen burner.

  • 1809

    Nikolai V. Gogol, Russian writer (The Inspector General, Dead Souls).

  • Edward Fitzgerald, American writer.

  • 1790

    In Paris, France, Maximilien Robespierre is elected president of the Jacobin Club.

  • 1779

    Russia and Turkey sign a treaty by which they promise to take no military action in the Crimea.

  • 1776

    Abigail Adams writes to husband John that women are “determined to foment a rebellion” if the new Declaration of Independence fails to guarantee their rights.

  • 1732

    Franz Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer.

  • 1693

    John Harrison, Englishman who invented the chronometer.

  • 1621

    Andrew Marvell, English poet and politician.

  • 1596

    René Descartes, French philosopher and scientist.

  • 1547

    In France, Francis–king since 1515–dies and is succeeded by his son Henry II.

  • 1282

    The great massacre of the French in Sicily The Sicilian Vespers comes to an end.