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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.

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).

  • 1941

    German Luftwaffe general and World War I fighter-ace Ernst Udet commits suicide. The Nazi government tells the public that he died in a flying accident.

  • 1938

    Gordon Lightfoot, Canadian singer, songwriter, musician (“Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” “In the Early Morning Rain”).

  • 1931

    Charles Lindbergh inaugurates Pan Am service from Cuba to South America in the Sikorsky flying boat American Clipper.

  • 1925

    Rock Hudson, actor (McMillan & Wife TV series; Giant).

  • 1918

    German troops evacuate Brussels.

  • Influenza deaths reported in the United States have far exceeded World War I casualties.

  • 1916

    Shelby Foote, American writer, famous for his three-volume narrative on America’s Civil War.

  • 1913

    The first ship sails through the Panama Canal, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

  • 1903

    Vladimir Lenin’s efforts to impose his own radical views on the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party splits the party into two factions, the Bolsheviks, who support Lenin, and the Mensheviks.

  • 1902

    Eugene Paul Wigner, Hungarian-born physicist.

  • 1887

    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.

  • 1885

    The Serbian Army, with Russian support, invades Bulgaria.

  • 1877

    Russia launches a surprise night attack that overruns Turkish forces at Kars, Armenia.

  • 1869

    The Suez Canal is formally opened.

  • 1862

    Union General Ambrose Burnside marches north out of Washington, D.C., to begin the Fredericksburg campaign.

  • 1842

    A grim abolitionist meeting is held in Marlboro Chapel, Boston, after the imprisonment of a mulatto named George Latimer, one of the first fugitive slaves to be apprehended in Massachusetts.

  • 1800

    The Sixth Congress (2nd session) convenes for the first time in Washington, D.C.

  • 1796

    Napoleon Bonaparte defeats an Italian army near the Alpone River, Italy.

  • 1755

    Louis XVIII, King of France.

  • 1636

    Henrique Dias, Brazilian general, wins a decisive battle against the Dutch in Brazil.

  • 1558

    The Church of England is re-established.

  • Queen Elizabeth ascends to the throne of England.

  • 375

    Enraged by the insolence of barbarian envoys, Valentinian, the Emperor of the West, dies of apoplexy in Pannonia in Central Europe.