What happened on your birthday?

What’s Your Vietnam War Draft Lottery Number?

The Vietnam War draft lottery ran from 1969 to 1972. If you were born on November 20, 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 20

  • 2008

    Dow Jones Industrial Average sinks to lowest level in 11 years in response to failures in the US financial system.

  • 1998

    First module of the International Space Station, Zarya, is launched.

  • 1992

    Fire in England’s Windsor Castle causes over £50 million in damages.

  • 1981

    Microsoft Windows 1.0 released.

  • 1978

    South Africa backs down on a plan to install black rule in neighboring Namibia.

  • 1975

    Dierks Bentley, country singer, songwriter (“What Was I Thinkin'”, “Every Mile a Memory”).

  • 1974

    The United States files an antitrust suit to break up ATT.

  • 1971

    The United States announces it will give Turkey $35 million for farmers who agree to stop growing opium poppies.

  • 1967

    U.S. census reports the population at 200 million.

  • 1963

    Wan Yanhai, Chinese activist.

  • 1962

    President John F. Kennedy bars religious or racial discrimination in federally funded housing.

  • 1955

    The Maryland National Guard is ordered desegregated.

  • 1950

    U.S. troops push to the Yalu River, within five miles of Manchuria.

  • 1947

    Princess Elizabeth (future Queen Elizabeth II) marries Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in Westminster Abbey.

  • 1946

    Duane Allman, singer, songwriter, musician; co-founder and primary leader of the The Allman Brothers Band until his death in 1971.

  • 1945

    The Nazi war crime trials begin at Nuremberg.

  • 1943

    U.S. Army and Marine soldiers attack the Japanese-held islands of Makin and Tarawa, respectively, in the Central Pacific.

  • 1942

    Joe Biden, politician; US Senator from Delaware (1973–2009); President Barack Obama’s vice-president, beginning in 2009

  • 1939

    Dick Smothers, actor, singer; half of the Smothers Brothers whose controversial comedy-variety TV show challenged censorship boundaries in the 1960s, finally resulting in cancellation in 1969.

  • 1936

    Don DeLillo, author (White Noise, Libra).

  • 1931

    Japan and China reject the League of Council terms for Manchuria at Geneva.

  • 1928

    Mrs. Glen Hyde becomes the first woman to dare the Grand Canyon rapids in a scow (a flat-bottomed boat that is pushed along with a pole).

  • 1925

    Robert F. Kennedy, U.S. Attorney General, New York senator and brother of President John F. Kennedy. He was assassinated while running for president.

  • 1923

    Nadine Gordimer, Nobel Prize-winning South African novelist.

  • 1916

    Thomas McGrath, poet and novelist.

  • 1914

    Bulgaria proclaims its neutrality in the First World War.

  • 1908

    Alistair Cooke, English journalist, television host.

  • 1903

    In Cheyenne, Wyoming, 42-year-old hired gunman Tom Horn is hanged for the murder of 14-year-old Willie Nickell.

  • 1889

    Edwin Hubble, American astronomer who proved that there are other galaxies far from our own.

  • 1858

    Selma Lagerdorf, Swedish novelist (The Story of Gosta Berling).

  • 1700

    Sweden’s 17-year-old King Charles XII defeats the Russians at Narva.

  • 1695

    Zumbi dos Palmares, the Brazilian leader of a 100-year-old rebel slave group, is killed in an ambush.

  • 269

    Diocletian is proclaimed emperor of Numerian in Asia Minor by his soldiers. He had been the commander of the emperor’s bodyguard.