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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 16, 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.

more events on May 16

  • 1963

    After 22 Earth orbits, Gordon Cooper returns to Earth, ending the last mission of Project Mercury.

  • 1960

    A Big Four summit in Paris collapses because of the American U-2 spy plane affair.

  • 1955

    Olga Korbut, Olympic gymnast.

  • 1951

    Chinese Communist Forces launch second phase of the Chinese Spring Offensive in the Korean War and gain up to 20 miles of territory.

  • 1943

    A specially trained and equipped Royal Air Force squadron destroys two river dams in Germany.

  • 1929

    Adrienne Rich, poet (Diving into the Wreck).

  • Betty Carter, jazz singer.

  • 1928

    The first Academy Awards are held in Hollywood.

  • 1920

    Joan of Arc is canonized in Rome.

  • 1913

    Woody Herman, jazz bandleader.

  • 1912

    Studs Terkel, author and historian.

  • 1905

    Henry Fonda, American actor (Grapes of Wrath, On Golden Pond).

  • 1886

    Douglas Southall Freeman, journalist, historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer.

  • 1879

    The Treaty of Gandamak between Russia and England sets up the Afghan state.

  • 1868

    President Andrew Johnson is acquitted during Senate impeachment, by one vote, cast by Edmund G. Ross.

  • 1863

    At the Battle of Champion’s Hill, Union General Ulysess S. Grant repulses the Confederates, driving them into Vicksburg.

  • 1850

    Johannes von Mikulicz-Radecki, Polish surgical pioneer.

  • 1824

    Edmund Kirby-Smith, Confederate general during the American Civil War.

  • 1804

    Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, founder of the first U.S. kindergarten.

  • 1801

    William Henry Seward, U.S. Secretary of State (1861-1869).

  • 1770

    Marie Antoinette marries future King Louis XVI of France.