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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 04, 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
    Not CalledNot drafted

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

more events on May 4

  • 1970

    Ohio National Guardsmen open fire on student protesters at Kent State University, killing four and wounding nine others.

  • 1961

    13 civil rights activists, dubbed Freedom Riders, begin a bus trip through the South.

  • 1949

    Graham Swift, British novelist (The Sweet Shop Owner, Out of this World).

  • 1942

    The United States begins food rationing.

  • The Battle of the Coral Sea commences.

  • 1939

    Amos Oz, Israeli novelist (The Black Box, TheThird State).

  • 1930

    Mahatma Gandhi is arrested by the British.

  • 1929

    Audrey Hepburn (Edda van Heemstra Hepburn-Ruston), actress, later U.N. special ambassador.

  • 1928

    Thomas Kinsella, Irish poet.

  • 1927

    A balloon soars over 40,000 feet for the first time.

  • 1884

    Agnes Fay Morgan, American nutritionist and biochemist.

  • 1874

    Frank Conrad, electrical engineer and broadcasting pioneer.

  • 1864

    Union General Ulysses S. Grant‘s forces cross the Rapidan River and meet Robert E. Lee‘s Confederate army.

  • 1863

    The Battle of Chancellorsville ends when Union Army retreats.

  • 1827

    John Hanning Speke, English explorer.

  • 1825

    Thomas Henry Huxley, British biologist.

  • 1820

    Joseph Whitaker, bookseller and publisher (Whitaker’s Almanac)

  • 1814

    Napoleon Bonaparte disembarks at Portoferraio on the island of Elba in the Mediterranean.

  • 1796

    Horace Mann, educator and author.

  • 1795

    Thousands of rioters enter jails in Lyons, France, and massacre 99 Jacobin prisoners.

  • 1776

    Rhode Island declares independence from England.

  • 1715

    A French manufacturer debuts the first folding umbrella.

  • 1626

    American Indians sell Manhattan Island for $24 in cloth and buttons.

  • 1471

    In England, the Yorkists defeat the Lancastrians at the Battle of Tewkesbury.