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 15, 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


An aristocratic uprising in France ends with the Treaty of St. Menehould.

Famous birthdays


Emily Folger, Shakespeare scholar.

more events on May 15

  • 1988

    Soviets forces begin their withdrawal from Afghanistan.

  • 1975

    The merchant ship Mayaguez is recaptured from Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge.

  • 1972

    Gov. George Wallace is shot by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, Maryland.

  • 1968

    U.S. Marines relieve army troops in Nhi Ha, South Vietnam after a fourteen-day battle.

  • 1963

    The last Project Mercury space flight, carrying Gordon Cooper, is launched.

  • 1958

    Sputnik III is launched by the Soviet Union.

  • 1942

    The United States begins rationing gasoline.

  • 1930

    Jasper Johns, Jr., painter, leader of the Pop Art movement.

  • Ellen Church becomes the first airline stewardess.

  • 1926

    Peter Shaffer, English playwright (Equus, Amadeus), twin brother of Anthony Shaffer.

  • Anthony Shaffer, English playwright (Sleuth), twin brother of Peter Shaffer.

  • 1923

    Richard Avedon, photographer.

  • 1918

    Pfc. Henry Johnson and Pfc. Needham Roberts receive the Croix de Guerre for their services in World War I. They are the first Americans to win France’s highest military medal.

  • 1916

    U.S. Marines land in Santo Domingo to quell civil disorder.

  • 1902

    Richard Daley, mayor of Chicago through the 1960s and early 1970’s.