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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.

What happened today


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

Famous birthdays


William Gilbert, English physician and scientist.

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.

  • 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.