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 November 03, 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.

What happened today


A poorly trained Egyptian army, led by British General William Hicks, marches toward El Obeid in the Sudan—straight into a Mahdist ambush and massacre.

Famous birthdays


Martin Cruz Smith, novelist (Gorky Park).

more events on November 3

  • 1997

    U.S. imposes economic sanctions against Sudan in response to human rights abuses and support of Islamic extremist groups.

  • 1992

    Arkansas Governor Bill (William Jefferson) Clinton is elected 42nd president of the United States.

  • 1986

    The Lebanese magazine Ash-Shiraa reports the U.S. has secretly been selling weapons to Iran in order to secure the release of seven American hostages being held by pro-Iranian groups in Lebanon, in what later became known as the Iran-Contra Affair.

  • 1979

    Ku Klux Klansmen and neo-Nazis kill five and wound seven members of the Communist Workers Party during a “Death to the Klan” rally in Greensboro, NC; the incident becomes known as the Greensboro Massacre.

  • 1973

    NASA launches Mariner 10, the first probe to reach Mercury.

  • 1969

    U.S. President Richard Nixon, speaking on TV and radio, asks the “silent majority” of the American people to support his policies and the continuing war effort in Vietnam.

  • 1967

    The Battle of Dak To begins in Vietnam’s Central Highlands; actually a series of engagements, the battle would continue through Nov. 22.

  • 1964

    Robert F. Kennedy, brother of the slain president John F. Kennedy, is elected as a senator from New York.

  • Lyndon B. Johnson is elected the 36th president of the United States.

  • For the first time, residents of Washington, D.C., are allowed to vote in the U.S. presidential election.

  • 1957

    The Soviet Union launches Sputnik II with the dog Laika, the first animal in space, aboard.

  • 1956

    Gary Ross, film director, screenwriter (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit).

  • 1952

    Roseanne Barr, comedian, actress, producer; best known for her starring role in the TV series Roseanne, for which she won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

  • David Ho, virologist, HIV/AIDS researcher whose significant contributions helped pave the way for better understanding and technological treatment of the infection.

  • 1949

    Larry Holmes, professional boxer known as “The Easton Assassin”; his 20 successful defenses of his heavyweight title is second only to Joe Louis’ record of 25.