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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 November 12, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery

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

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Sir Timothy John "Tim" Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist, publishes a formal proposal for the creation of the World Wide Web.

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Mirza Hoseyn 'Ali Nuri (Baha' Ullah), founder of the Baha'i faith.

more events on November 12

  • 2003

    Shanghai Transrapid sets a new world speed record (311 mph or 501 kph) for commercial railway systems.

  • The first Italians to die in the Iraq War are among 23 fatalities from a suicide bomb attack on an Italian police base in Nasiriya, iraq.

  • 1997

    Ramzi Yousef convicted of masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

  • 1996

    A Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 747 collides with a Kazakh Illyushin II-76 cargo plane near New Delhi, killing 349. It is the deadliest mid-air collision to date (2013) and third-deadliest aircraft accident.

  • 1990

    Sir Timothy John “Tim” Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist, publishes a formal proposal for the creation of the World Wide Web.

  • Crown Prince Akihito is formally installed as Emperor Akihito of Japan.

  • 1987

    Boris Yeltsin is fired as head of Moscow’s Communist Party for criticizing the slow pace of reform.

  • 1971

    President Richard Nixon announces the withdrawal of about 45,000 U.S. troops from Vietnam by February.

  • 1968

    Sammy Sosa, pro baseball player from Dominican Republic; only MLB player to hit 60 or more home runs in a single season three times, he was denied entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013 after as-yet unproven allegations he used performance-enhancing drugs.

  • The U.S. Supreme Court voids an Arkansas law banning the teaching of evolution in public schools.

  • 1962

    Naomi Wolf, activist, author of The Beauty Myth; a leader in what has been described as the third wave of the feminist movement.

  • 1961

    Nadia Comaneci, Olympic gold medal-winning Romanian gymnast; named one of the athletes of the century by Laureus World Sports Academy (2000).

  • 1960

    The satellite Discoverer XVII is launched into orbit from California’s Vandenberg AFB.

  • 1957

    Tim Samaras, engineer and storm chaser who contributed to scientific knowledge of tornadoes; killed along with his son Paul and meteorologist Carl Young by a tornado with winds of nearly 300 mph near El Reno, Okla,, in 2013.

  • 1952

    Ronald Burkle, business magnate; founded Yucaipa Companies private investment firm and is co-owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins pro hockey team.