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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 22, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • 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


Johnny Carson's final appearance on The Tonight Show on NBC, after 30 years as the program's host.

Famous birthdays


Thomas Gold, astronomer.

more events on May 22

  • 2015

    The Republic of Ireland, long known as a conservative, predominantly Catholic country, becomes the first nation in the world to legalize gay marriage in a public referendum.

  • 2011

    An EF5 tornado kills at least 158 people in Joplin, Missouri, the largest death toll from a tornado since record-keeping began in 1950.

  • 2010

    Following a 200-year search for the tomb of Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus his remains are reburied in Frombork Cathedral

  • 2004

    Fahrenheit 9-11, directed by Michael Moore, becomes the first documentary ever to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

  • An EF4 tornado with a record-setting width of 2.5 miles wipes out Hallam, Nebraska, killing 1 person.

  • 1992

    Johnny Carson’s final appearance on The Tonight Show on NBC, after 30 years as the program’s host.

  • 1990

    In the Middle East, North and South Yemen merge to become a single state.

  • 1985

    Baseball player Pete Rose passes Hank Aaron as National League run scoring leader with 2,108.

  • 1972

    Ceylon becomes the Republic of Sri Lanka as its constitution is ratified.

  • 1967

    The children’s program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood premiers.

  • 1947

    The Truman Doctrine brings aid to Turkey and Greece.

  • 1943

    Betty Williams, Northern Irish political activist who won of the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • 1942

    Theodore “Ted” Kaczynski, infamous as Unabomber terrorist.

  • 1939

    Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini sign a “Pact of Steel” forming the Axis powers.

  • 1930

    Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay politicians to win public office in the United States, a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977.