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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 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.

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.

  • 1861

    North Carolina becomes the last state to secede from the Union.

  • 1859

    A force of Austrians collide with Piedmontese cavalry at the village of Montebello, in northern Italy.

  • 1818

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

  • 1806

    John Stuart Mill, British philosopher and economist.

  • 1799

    Honore de Balzac, French novelist (The Human Comedy, Lost Illusions).

  • Napoleon Bonaparte orders a withdrawal from his siege of St. Jean d’Acre in Egypt.

  • 1784

    The Peace of Versailles ends a war between France, England, and Holland.

  • 1775

    North Carolina becomes the first colony to declare its independence.

  • 1774

    Parliament passes the Coercive Acts to punish the colonists for their increasingly anti-British behavior. The acts close the port of Boston.

  • 1768

    Dolley Madison, first lady of President James Madison.

  • 1750

    Stephen Girard, American financier and philanthropist.

  • 1690

    England passes the Act of Grace, forgiving followers of James II.

  • 1674

    John Sobieski becomes Poland’s first king.

  • 1663

    William Bradford, printer.

  • 1520

    Hernando Cortes defeats Spanish troops sent against him in Mexico.

  • 1347

    Cola di Rienzo takes the title of tribune in Rome.

  • 1303

    A peace treaty is signed between England and France.

  • 325

    The Ecumenical council is inaugurated by Emperor Constantine in Nicea.