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 23, 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.

more events on May 23

  • 1960

    Israel announces the capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina.

  • 1949

    The Federal Republic of West Germany is proclaimed.

  • 1947

    Jane Kenyon, poet (Let Evening Come, Otherwise).

  • 1945

    Heinrich Himmler, the head of the Nazi Gestapo, commits suicide after being captured by Allied forces.

  • 1934

    Robert A. Moog, electrical engineer, creator of the Moog synthesizer.

  • Gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are killed by Texas Rangers.

  • 1928

    Rosemary Clooney, singer.

  • 1920

    Helen O’Connell, big band vocalist.

  • 1915

    Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary.

  • 1910

    Artie Shaw, bandleader and clarinetist.

  • 1908

    John Bardeen, physicist, co-inventor of the transistor.

  • 1900

    Civil War hero Sgt. William H. Carney becomes the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor, thirty-seven years after the Battle of Fort Wagner.

  • 1891

    Par Lagerkvist, Swedish writer (The Dwarf, Barabbas).

  • 1875

    Alfred P. Sloan, Jr., president and chairman of the board for General Motors.

  • 1864

    Union General Ulysses Grant attempts to outflank Confederate Robert E. Lee in the Battle of North Anna, Virginia.

  • 1862

    Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson takes Front Royal, Virginia.

  • 1861

    Pro-Union and pro-Confederate forces clash in western Virginia.

  • 1820

    James Buchanan Eads, engineer of the Eads Bridge in St. Louis

  • 1810

    Margaret Fuller, writer and critic.

  • 1788

    South Carolina becomes the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

  • 1785

    Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals.

  • 1734

    Friedrich Anton Mesmer, physician and hypnotist.

  • 1707

    Carl Linnaeus [Carl von Linné], Swedish botanist.

  • 1701

    Captain William Kidd, the Scottish pirate, is hanged on the banks of the Thames.

  • 1618

    The Thirty Years War begins.

  • 1533

    Henry VIII‘s marriage to Catherine of Aragon is declared null and void.

  • 1430

    Burgundians capture Joan of Arc and sell her to the English.