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 05, 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
    Not CalledNot drafted

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

What happened today


The first mainland railway line opens in Belgium.

Famous birthdays


Soren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher.

more events on May 5

  • 2000

    The Sun, Earth, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn align – Earth’s moon is also almost in this alignment – leading to Doomsday predictions of massive natural disasters, although such a ‘grand confluence’ occurs about once in every century.

  • 1987

    Congress opens Iran-Contra hearings.

  • 1969

    Pulitzer Prize awarded to Norman Mailer for his ‘nonfiction novel’ Armies of the Night, an account of the 1967 anti-Vietnam War march on the Pentagon.

  • 1968

    U.S. Air Force planes hit Nhi Ha, South Vietnam in support of attacking infantrymen.

  • 1965

    173rd Airborne Brigade arrives in Bien Hoa-Vung, Vietnam, the first regular U.S. Army unit deployed to that country.

  • 1961

    Alan Shepard becomes the first American in space.

  • 1945

    Holland and Denmark are liberated from Nazi control.

  • 1943

    Michael Palin, actor and screenwriter (Monty Python’s Flying Circus).

  • 1942

    General Joseph Stilwell learns that the Japanese have cut his railway out of China and is forced to lead his troops into India.

  • 1935

    American Jesse Owens sets the long jump record.

  • 1920

    Anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are arrested for murder.

  • 1917

    Eugene Jacques Bullard becomes the first African-American aviator when he earns a flying certificate with the French Air Service.

  • 1916

  • 1912

    Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda begins publishing.

  • 1909

    Carlos Baker, biographer.