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 20, 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


Hernando Cortes defeats Spanish troops sent against him in Mexico.

Famous birthdays


William George Fargo, one of the founders of Wells, Fargo & Co.

more events on May 20

  • 1970

    100,000 people march in New York, supporting U.S. policies in Vietnam.

  • 1969

    In South Vietnam, troops of the 101st Airborne Division reach the top of Hill 937 after nine days of fighting entrenched North Vietnamese forces.

  • 1961

    A white mob attacks civil rights activists in Montgomery, Alabama.

  • 1951

    During the Korean War, U.S. Air Force Captain James Jabara becomes the first jet air ace in history.

  • 1942

    Japan completes the conquest of Burma.

  • 1941

  • 1939

    Pan American Airways starts the first regular passenger service across the Atlantic.

  • 1932

    Amelia Earhart lands near Londonderry, Ireland, to become the first woman fly solo across the Atlantic.

  • 1930

    The first airplane is catapulted from a dirigible.

  • 1927

    Charles Lindbergh takes off from New York for Paris.

  • 1908

    Jimmy Stewart, actor (It’s a Wonderful Life, Mr Smith Goes to Washington).

  • 1902

    The U.S. military occupation of Cuba ends.

  • 1882

    Sigrid Undset, Norwegian novelist (Kristin Lavransdatter).

  • 1874

    Levi Strauss begins marketing blue jeans with copper rivets.

  • 1862

    President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act, providing 250 million acres of free land to settlers in the West.