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 21, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted

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

more events on May 21

  • 1991

    In Madras, India, a suicide bomber kills the former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi.

  • 1970

    The U.S. National Guard mobilizes to quell disturbances at Ohio State University.

  • 1961

    Governor John Patterson declares martial law in Montgomery, Alabama.

  • 1951

    The U.S. Eighth Army counterattacks to drive the Communist Chinese and North Koreans out of South Korea.

  • 1944

    Mary Bourke Robinson, first woman president of Ireland (1990-1997).

  • 1941

    The first U.S. ship, the S.S. Robin Moor, is sunk by a U-boat.

  • 1940

    British forces attack German General Erwin Rommel‘s 7th Panzer Division at Arras, slowing his blitzkrieg of France.

  • 1927

    Charles Lindbergh lands in Paris completing the first solo air crossing of the Atlantic.

  • 1926

    Robert Creeley, poet.

  • 1921

    Andrei Sakharov, Russian physicist.

  • 1917

    Raymond Burr, actor (Perry Mason).

  • 1909

    Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel, artist.

  • 1902

    Marcel Breuer, Hungarian-born architect.

  • 1898

    Armand Hammer, American entrepreneur and industrialist.

  • 1881

    The American Red Cross is founded by Clara Barton.

  • 1878

    Glenn Hammond Curtiss, aviation pioneer.

  • 1867

    Frances Densmore, ethnomusicologist.

  • 1863

    The siege of the Confederate Port Hudson, Louisiana, begins.

  • 1860

    Willem Einthoven, physiologist, inventor of the electrocardiogram.

  • 1856

    Grace Hoadley Dodge, philanthropist, helped organize the YWCA.

  • Lawrence, Kansas is captured and sacked by pro-slavery forces.

  • 1844

    Henri Rousseau, French painter.

  • 1832

    The Democratic party holds its first national convention.

  • 1790

    Paris is divided into 48 zones.

  • 1620

    Present-day Martha’s Vineyard is first sighted by Captain Bartholomew Gosnold.

  • 1536

    The Reformation is officially adopted in Geneva, Switzerland.

  • 1527

    Philip II, king of Spain and Portugal.

  • 1506

    Christopher Columbus dies.

  • 1471

    King Henry VI is killed in the Tower of London. Edward IV takes the throne.

  • 996

    Sixteen year old Otto III is crowned the Roman Emperor.

  • 427

    Plato, Greek philosopher.