What happened on your birthday?

What’s Your Vietnam War Draft Lottery Number?

The Vietnam War draft lottery ran from 1969 to 1972. If you were born on May 01, 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

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

more events on May 1

  • 2011

    Osama Bin Laden is killed in Abbottabad Pakistan by US Navy SEALS in Operation Neptune Spear.

  • 1986

    The Tass News Agency reports the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident.

  • 1970

    Students from Kent State University riot in downtown Kent, Ohio, in protest of the American invasion of Cambodia.

  • 1968

    In the second day of battle, U.S. Marines, with the support of naval fire, continue their attack on a North Vietnamese Division at Dai Do.

  • 1961

    Fidel Castro announces there will be no more elections in Cuba.

  • 1960

    Francis Gary Powers’ U-2 spy plane is shot down over Russia.

  • 1950

    Gwendolyn Brooks becomes the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for her book of poetry called Annie Allen.

  • 1948

    North Korea is established.

  • 1945

    Martin Bormann, private secretary to Adolf Hitler, escapes the Führerbunker as the Red Army advances on Berlin.

  • 1944

    The Messerschmitt Me 262, the first combat jet, makes its first flight.

  • 1941

    The film Citizen Kane—directed by and starring Orson Welles—opens in New York.

  • 1940

    Bobbie Ann Mason, American writer (Shiloh and Other Stories, In Country).

  • 1937

    President Franklin Roosevelt signs an act of neutrality, keeping the United States out of World War II.

  • 1934

    The Philippine legislature accepts a U.S. proposal for independence.

  • 1931

    The Empire State Building opens in New York.

  • 1927

    Adolf Hitler holds his first Nazi meeting in Berlin.

  • 1924

    Terry Southern, novelist and screenwriter (Dr. Strangelove, Easy Rider).

  • 1923

    Joseph Heller, American author best known for Catch-22, originally published in 1961.

  • 1916

    Glenn Ford, actor (The Blackboard Jungle, 1955).

  • 1915

    The British luxury liner Lusitania leaves New York Harbor for a voyage to Europe. A week later it would be torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat.

  • 1909

    Kate Smith, singer famous for her rendition of “God Bless America.”

  • 1898

    The U.S. Navy under Commodore George Dewey defeats the Spanish fleet at the Battle of Manila Bay in the Philippines.

  • 1896

    Mark Clark, U.S. Army general during World War II.

  • 1878

    James Graham, inventor of the first naval aircraft-carrying ship and first man to film a total eclipse of the sun.

  • 1877

    President Rutherford B. Hayes withdraws all Federal troops from the South, ending Reconstruction.

  • 1867

    Reconstruction in the South begins with black voter registration.

  • 1863

    The Battle of Chancellorsville begins as Union General Joe Hooker starts his three-pronged attack against Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

  • 1839

    Louis-Marie-Hilaire Bernigaud, French chemist, inventor of rayon.

  • 1830

    Mother (Mary Harris) Jones, reformer and labor organizer.

  • 1805

    The state of Virginia passes a law requiring all freed slaves to leave the state, or risk either imprisonment or deportation.

  • 1769

    Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington.

  • 1764

    Benjamin Henry Latrobe, architect of the U.S. Capitol.

  • 1493

    Philippus Paracelsus, Swiss physician, alchemist, astrologer and “father of toxicology.”

  • 1486

    Christopher Columbus convinces Queen Isabella to fund expedition to the West Indies.

  • 1308

    King Albert is murdered by his nephew John, because he refused his share of the Habsburg lands.

  • 408

    Theodosius II succeeds to the throne of Constantinople.