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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 17, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
  • 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


Gen. Sani Abacha leads a military coup in Nigeria that overthrows the government of Ernest Shonekan.

Famous birthdays


Bernard Law Montgomery, British field marshal who defeated Rommel in North Africa and led Allied troops from D-Day to the end of World War II.

more events on November 17

  • 2000

    Controversial President of Peru Alberto Fujimori removed from office.

  • 1993

    Gen. Sani Abacha leads a military coup in Nigeria that overthrows the government of Ernest Shonekan.

  • US House of Representatives passes resolution to establish the North American Free Trade Agreement.

  • 1989

    Student demonstration in Prague put down by riot police, leading to an uprising (the Velvet Revolution) that will topple the communist government on Dec. 29.

  • 1986

    Renault President Georges Besse is shot to death by leftists of the Direct Action Group in Paris.

  • 1980

    WHHM Television in Washington, D.C., becomes the first African-American public-broadcasting television station.

  • 1970

    Soviet unmanned Luna 17 touches down on the moon.

  • 1967

    The American Surveyor 6 makes a six-second flight on the moon, the first liftoff on the lunar surface.

  • 1965

    The NVA ambushes American troops of the 7th Cavalry at Landing Zone Albany in the Ia Drang Valley, almost wiping them out.

  • 1951

    Britain reports development of the world’s first nuclear-powered heating system.

  • 1949

    Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister of Vietnam (2006– )

  • 1944

    Lorne Michaels, israeli-American TV producer; created Saturday Night Live.

  • Danny DeVito, actor, director, producer (Taxi TV series; Throw Momma from the Train, Pulp Fiction).

  • Gene Clark, singer, songwriter; member of the bands The Byrds, The New Christy Minstrels, and Dillard & Clark.

  • 1942

    Martin Scorsese, film director (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull).