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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 18, 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.

more events on November 18

  • 2003

    Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules the state’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional; the legislature fails to act within the mandated 180 days, and on May 17, 2004, Massachusetts becomes the first US state to legalize same-sex marriage.

  • 2002

    UN weapons inspectors under Hans Blix arrive in Iraq.

  • 1993

    Twenty-one political parties approve a new constitution for South Africa that expands voter rights and ends the rule of the country’s white minority.

  • 1991

    The Croatian city of Vukovar surrenders to Yugoslav People’s Army and allied Serb paramilitary forces after an 87-day siege.

  • 1984

    The Soviet Union helps deliver American wheat during the Ethiopian famine.

  • 1983

    Argentina announces its ability to produce enriched uranium for nuclear weapons.

  • 1978

    Peoples Temple cult leader Jim Jones leads his followers to a mass murder-suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, hours after cult member killed Congressman Leo J. Ryan of California.

  • 1974

    Chloe Sevigny, American actress, model and fashion designer noted for her eclectic fashion sense.

  • 1968

    Soviets recover the Zond 6 spacecraft after a flight around the moon.

  • 1956

    Warren Moon, quarterback in Canadian and US pro football teams; his numerous passing records include most passing yardage in pro football (surpassed by Damon Allen, Sept. 4, 2006).

  • 1950

    Alan Moore, writer best known for his ground-breaking work in comic books / graphic novels (Watchmen, V for Vendetta).

  • Graham Parker, lead singer of the British rock band Graham Parker and the Rumour.

  • The Bureau of Mines discloses its first production of oil from coal in practical amounts.

  • 1949

    The U.S. Air Force grounds B-29s after two crashes and 23 deaths in three days.

  • 1943

    RAF bombs Berlin, using 440 aircraft and losing nine of those and 53 air crew members; damage to the German capital is light, with 131 dead.

  • 1939

    Margaret Atwood, Canadian writer (The Edible Woman, The Handmaid’s Tale).

  • The Irish Republican Army explodes three bombs in Piccadilly Circus.

  • 1936

    The main span of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is joined.

  • 1928

    Mickey mouse makes his film debut in Steamboat Willie, the first animated talking picture.

  • 1923

    Alan Shepard, first American astronaut in space.

  • 1921

    New York City considers varying work hours to avoid long traffic jams.

  • 1912

    Cholera breaks out in Constantinople, in the Ottoman Empire.

  • 1909

    Johnny Mercer, songwriter.

  • 1906

    Anarchists bomb St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

  • 1905

    The Norwegian Parliament elects Prince Charles of Denmark to be the next King of Norway. Prince Charles takes the name Haakon VII.

  • 1901

    George Horatio Gallup, American journalist and statistician.

  • The second Hay-Pauncefote Treaty is signed. The United States is given extensive rights by Britain for building and operating a canal through Central America.

  • 1900

    Dr. Howard Thurman, theologian and first African American to hold a full-time position at Boston University.

  • 1899

    Eugene Ormandy, orchestra conductor.

  • 1874

    Clarence Day, American writer (Life with Father).

  • 1870

    Dorthea Dix, pseudonym for Elizabeth Gilman, who wrote syndicated advice.

  • 1865

    Mark Twain’s first story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” is published in the New York Saturday Press.

  • 1861

    The first provisional meeting of the Confederate Congress is held in Richmond, Virginia.

  • 1836

    William S. Gilbert, English playwright and humorist, one half of Gilbert & Sullivan.

  • 1810

    Asa Gray, botanist (Gray’s Manual).

  • 1789

    Louis Jacques Daguerre, French painter, physicist and photography pioneer.

  • 1626

    St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome is officially dedicated.

  • 1477

    William Claxton publishes the first dated book printed in England. It is a translation from the French of The Dictes and Sayings of the Philosopers by Earl Rivers.