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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 10, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    CalledDrafted
    65
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
    146
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
    220
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
    100

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


What happened today

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more events on May 10

  • 1994

    Nelson Mandela is sworn in as South Africa’s first black president.

  • 1960

    The USS Nautilus completes the first circumnavigation of the globe underwater.

  • 1944

    Judith Jamison, American ballerina.

  • 1941

    England’s House of Commons is destroyed during the worst of the London Blitz: 550 German bombers drop 100,000 incendiary bombs.

  • 1940

    Winston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British Prime Minister.

  • German forces begin a blitzkrieg of the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, skirting France’s “impenetrable” Maginot Line.

  • 1937

    Arthur Kopit, American playwright.

  • 1933

    Nazis begin burning books by “unGerman” writers such as Heinrich Mann and Erich Maria Remarque, author of All Quiet on the Western Front.

  • 1928

    WGY-TV in Schenectady, New York, begins regular television programming.

  • 1924

    J. Edgar Hoover is appointed head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

  • 1920

    Richard Adams, English novelist (Watership Down).

  • 1917

    Allied ships get destroyer escorts to fend off German attacks in the Atlantic.

  • 1908

    Carl Albert, U.S. politician.

  • 1902

    David O. Selznick, film producer (Gone with the Wind, Rebecca).

  • 1899

    Fred Astaire (Frederick Austerlitz), American dancer and actor.