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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 May 03, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • 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.

What happened today


President Abraham Lincoln's funeral train arrives in Springfield, Illinois.

Famous birthdays


Betty Comden, lyricist.

more events on May 3

  • 1982

    A British submarine sinks Argentina’s only cruiser during the Falkland Islands War.

  • 1979

    Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman prime minister of Great Britain.

  • 1971

    James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King Jr.‘s assassin, is caught in a jail break attempt.

  • 1968

    After three days of battle, the U.S. Marines retake Dai Do complex in Vietnam, only to find the North Vietnamese have evacuated the area.

  • 1952

    The first airplane lands at the geographic North Pole.

  • 1948

    The Supreme Court rules that movie studios must sell off its theaters, breaking apart a huge monopoly forming within the film industry.

  • 1933

    James Brown, American singer and songwriter.

  • 1926

    U.S. Marines land in Nicaragua.

  • 1920

    Walker Smith, Jr. (Sugar Ray Robinson), champion middleweight boxer.

  • John Lewis, jazz pianist.

  • 1919

    Pete Seeger, folksinger and songwriter.

  • Betty Comden, lyricist.

  • 1913

    William Inge, American playwright (Picnic, Bus Stop).

  • 1912

    May Sarton, poet and writer.

  • 1903

    Bing [Harry Lillis] Crosby, singer and actor. Various dates given for his birth date.