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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 24, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery
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Read on to learn more about the Vietnam war draft lottery.

more events on May 24

  • 1961

    Civil rights activists are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi.

  • 1951

    Willie Mays begins playing for the New York Giants.

  • 1941

    Bob Dylan (Robert Zimmerman), singer and songwriter.

  • The British battleship Hood is sunk by the German battleship Bismarck. There are only three survivors.

  • 1930

    Amy Johnson becomes the first woman to fly from England to Australia.

  • 1928

    William Trevor, Irish short story writer and novelist (The Old Boys, The Boarding House).

  • 1905

    Mikhail Sholokhov, Russian novelist (And Quiet Flows the Don).

  • 1903

    Arthur Vineberg, Canadian heart surgeon.

  • 1895

    Samuel I. Newhouse, American publisher.

  • 1883

    The Brooklyn Bridge opened as the first suspension bridge in New York City and, at the time, was the longest suspension bridge in the world.

  • 1878

    Lillian Moller Gilbreth, pioneer in time-motion studies.

  • The first American bicycle race is held in Boston.

  • 1863

    Bushwackers led by Captain William Marchbanks attack a Federal militia party in Nevada, Missouri.

  • 1861

    General Benjamin Butler declares slaves to be the contraband of war.

  • 1846

    General Zachary Taylor captures Monterey.

  • 1844

    Samuel Morse taps out the first telegraph message.

  • 1819

    Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1836-1901).

  • 1798

    Believing that a French invasion of Ireland is imminent, Irish nationalists rise up against the British occupation.

  • 1764

    Boston lawyer James Otis denounces “taxation without representation,” calling for the colonies to unite in opposition to Britain’s new tax measures.

  • 1743

    Jean-Paul Marat, French revolutionary.

  • 1738

    The Methodist Church is established.

  • 1689

    The English Parliament passes the Act of Toleration, protecting Protestants. Roman Catholics are specifically excluded from exemption.

  • 1624

    After years of unprofitable operation, Virginia’s charter is revoked and it becomes a royal colony.

  • 1610

    Sir Thomas Gates institutes “laws divine moral and marshal, ” a harsh civil code for Jamestown.

  • 1607

    Captain Christopher Newport and 105 followers found the colony of Jamestown at the mouth of the James River on the coast of Virginia.

  • 1544

    William Gilbert, English physician and scientist.

  • 1543

    Nicolaus Copernicus publishes proof of a sun-centered solar system. He dies just after publication.