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 08, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • 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 May 8

  • 1995

    Jacques Chirac is elected president of France.

  • 1984

    The Soviet Union announces it will not participate in Summer Olympics planned for Los Angeles.

  • 1967

    Boxer Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction in U.S. Army.

  • 1958

    President Dwight Eisenhower orders the National Guard out of Little Rock as Ernest Green becomes the first black to graduate from an Arkansas public school.

  • 1952

    Beth Henley, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (Crimes of the Heart).

  • Allied fighter-bombers stage the largest raid of the war on North Korea.

  • 1945

    The final surrender of German forces is celebrated as VE (Victory Europe) day.

  • 1942

    The Battle of the Coral Sea between the Japanese Navy and the U.S. Navy ends.

  • 1940

    Peter Benchley, novelist (Jaws, The Deep).

  • German commandos in Dutch uniforms cross the Dutch border to hold bridges for the advancing German army.

  • 1937

    Thomas Pynchon, novelist (Gravity’s Rainbow).

  • 1933

    Mahatma Gandhi—actual name Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi—begins a hunger strike to protest British oppression in India.

  • 1930

    Gary Snyder, beat poet.

  • 1928

    Theodore Sorensen, advisor to John F. Kennedy.

  • 1920

    Sloan Wilson, American author (The man in the Gray Flannel Suit, A Summer Place).

  • 1919

    The first transatlantic flight by a navy seaplane takes-off.

  • 1910

    Mary Lou Williams, jazz pianist and composer.

  • 1906

    Roberto Rossellini, Italian film director.

  • 1904

    U.S. Marines land in Tangier, North Africa, to protect the Belgian legation.

  • 1895

    Edmund Wilson, American critic and essayist.

  • China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki.

  • 1886

    Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton invents Coca Cola.

  • 1884

    Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States (1945-1953).

  • 1864

    Union troops arrive at Spotsylvania Court House to find the Confederates waiting for them.

  • 1862

    General ‘Stonewall’ Jackson repulses the Federals at the Battle of McDowell, in the Shenendoah Valley.

  • 1846

    The first major battle of the Mexican War is fought at Palo Alto, Texas.

  • 1829

    Louis Moreau Gottschalk, American pianist.

  • 1828

    Jean Henri Dunant, Swiss philanthropist, founder of the Red Cross and YMCA, first recipient (jointly) of the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • 1794

    The United States Post Office is established.

  • 1753

    Miguel Hidalgo, Mexican nationalist.

  • 1668

    Alain Rene Lesage, French writer (The Adventures of Gil Blas, Turcaret).

  • 1559

    An act of supremacy defines Queen Elizabeth I as the supreme governor of the church of England.

  • 1541

    Hernando de Soto discovers the Mississippi River which he calls Rio de Espiritu Santo.

  • 1450

    Jack Cade’s Rebellion–Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI.