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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 31, 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

Read on to learn more about the Vietnam war draft lottery.

What happened today


John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Give Peace a Chance."

Famous birthdays


Julian Beck, theater manager.

more events on May 31

  • 1988

    President Ronald Reagan arrives in Moscow, the first American president to do so in 14 years.

  • 1979

    Zimbabwe proclaims its independence.

  • 1974

    Israel and Syria sign an agreement on the Golan Heights.

  • 1969

    John Lennon and Yoko Ono record “Give Peace a Chance.”

  • 1962

    Adolf Eichmann, the former SS commander, is hanged near Tel Aviv, Israel.

  • 1955

    The Supreme Court orders that states must end racial segregation “with all deliberate speed.”

  • 1941

    An armistice is arranged between the British and the Iraqis.

  • 1930

    Clint Eastwood, American film actor and director.

  • 1928

    The first flight over the Pacific takes off from Oakland.

  • 1925

    Julian Beck, theater manager.

  • 1916

    British and German fleets fight in the Battle of Jutland.

  • 1915

    A German zeppelin makes an air raid on London.

  • 1913

    The 17th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, providing for direct election of senators, is ratified.

  • 1909

    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) holds its first conference.

  • 1902

    The Boer War ends with the Treaty of Vereeniging.