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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 16, 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
    Not CalledNot drafted

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

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Pro-democracy Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng released from prison after 18 years, for health reasons.

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Burgess Meredith, actor; the first man to win the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor twice, and a winner of several Emmys, he is considered one of the most accomplished actors of the 20th century.

more events on November 16

  • 1997

    Pro-democracy Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng released from prison after 18 years, for health reasons.

  • 1992

    Eric Lawes, while using a metal detector to search for a friend’s lost hammer near Hoxne, Suffolk, England, discovers the Hoxne Hoard, the largest hoard of Roman silver and gold ever found in Britain, and the largest collection of 4th and 5th century coins found anywhere within the bounds of the former Roman Empire

  • 1989

    Salvadoran Army death squad kills six Jesuit priests and two others at Jose Simeon Canas University.

  • 1982

    The space shuttle Columbia completes its first operational flight.

  • 1979

    American Airlines is fined $500,000 for improper DC-10 maintenance.

  • 1967

    U.S. planes hit Haiphong shipyard in North Vietnam for the first time.

  • 1965

    In the last day of the fighting at Landing Zone X-Ray, regiments of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division repulse NVA forces in the Ia Drang Valley.

  • 1960

    After the integration of two all-white schools, 2,000 whites riot in the streets of New Orleans.

  • 1955

    The Big Four talks, taking place in Geneva on German reunification, end in failure.

  • 1953

    The United States joins in the condemnation of Israel for its raid on Jordan.

  • 1952

    Peter Keefe, TV producer (Voltron); credited with introducing American audiences to Japanese animation.

  • 1948

    President Harry S Truman rejects four-power talks on Berlin until the blockade is removed.

  • 1945

    Eighty-eight German scientists, holding Nazi secrets, arrive in the United States.

  • 1935

    Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, Lebanese Twelver Shi’a scholar; sometimes called the “spiritual mentor” of Hezbollah.

  • 1930

    Chinua Achebe, Nigerian novelist.