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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 26, 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.

What happened today


Union Square, San Francisco, becomes a state historical landmark.

Famous birthdays


James Arness, actor (Gunsmoke).

more events on May 26

  • 1977

    The movie Star Wars debuts.

  • 1969

    Apollo 10 returns to Earth.

  • 1961

    A U.S. Air Force bomber flies across the Atlantic in a record of just over three hours.

  • The civil rights activist group, Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee, is established in Atlanta.

  • 1958

    Union Square, San Francisco, becomes a state historical landmark.

  • 1951

    Sally Ride, astronaut, the first American woman in space.

  • 1946

    A patent is filed in the United States for the H-bomb.

  • 1940

    The evacuation of Allied forces from Dunkirk begins.

  • 1938

    The House Committee on Un-American Activities begins its work of searching for subversives in the United States.

  • 1923

    James Arness, actor (Gunsmoke).

  • 1920

    Peggy Lee, jazz singer.

  • 1919

    Jay Silverheels, actor (The Lone Ranger).

  • 1907

    John Wayne [Marion Michael Morrison], American actor and film icon.

  • 1903

    Estes Kefauver, Tennessee senator.

  • 1896

    The last czar of Russia, Nicholas II, is crowned.