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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.

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.

  • 1951

    The U.S. Eighth Army in Korea is ordered to cease offensive operations and begin an active defense.

  • 1948

    Hikedi Tojo, Japanese prime minister, and seven others are sentenced to hang by an international tribunal.

  • 1945

    Neil Young, singer, songwriter, musician, producer; member of several well-known bands including Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

  • Tracy Kidder, writer (Among Schoolchildren, Old Friends).

  • 1944

    The German battleship Tirpitz is sunk in a Norwegian fjord.

  • U.S. fighters wipe out a Japanese convoy near Leyte, consisting of six destroyers, four transports and 8,000 troops.

  • 1941

    Madame Lillian Evanti and Mary Cardwell Dawson establish the National Negro Opera Company.

  • 1938

    Mexico agrees to compensate the United States for land seizures.

  • 1929

    Grace Kelly, American actress and Princess of Monaco.

  • 1928

    The ocean liner Vestris sinks off the Virginia cape with 328 aboard, killing 111.

  • 1927

    Canada is admitted to the League of Nations.

  • 1923

    Adolf Hitler is arrested for his attempted German coup.

  • 1922

    Charlotte MacLeod, mystery writer (Rest You Merry, Maid of Honor).

  • 1911

    Buck Clayton, jazz trumpeter.

  • 1903

    The Lebaudy brothers of France set an air-travel distance record of 34 miles in a dirigible.

  • 1889

    DeWitt Wallace, founder of Reader’s Digest.

  • 1867

    Mount Vesuvius erupts.

  • 1866

    Sun Yat-Sen, Chinese revolutionary who founded the Nationalist Party.

  • 1863

    Confederate General James Longstreet arrives at Loudon, Tennessee, to assist the attack on Union General Ambrose Burnside’s troops at Knoxville.

  • 1859

    The first flying-trapeze circus act is performed by Jules Leotard at the Circus Napoleon.

  • 1840

    Auguste Rodin, French sculptor.

  • 1817

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

  • 1815

    Elizabeth Cady Stanton, political reformer and founder of the Women’s Rights Convention.

  • 1276

    Suspicious of the intentions of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, the Prince of Wales, English King Edward I resolves to invade Wales.

  • 1035

    King Canute of Norway dies.