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 23, 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 23

  • 2011

    Yemeni President Ali Abullah Saleh signs a deal to to transfer power to the vice president, in exchange for legal immunity; the agreement came after 11 months of protests.

  • 2006

    In the second-deadliest day of sectarian violence in Iraq since the beginning of the 2003 war, 215 people are killed and nearly 260 injured by bombs in Sadr City.

  • 2005

    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf elected president of Liberia; she is the first woman to lead an African nation.

  • 1992

    The first Smartphone, IBM Simon, introduced at COMDEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • 1990

    The first all-woman expedition to South Pole sets off from Antarctica on the part of a 70-day trip; the group includes 12 Russians, 3 Americans and 1 Japanese.

  • 1981

    US Pres. Ronald Reagan signs top secret directive giving the CIA authority to recruit and support Contra rebels in Nicaragua.

  • 1980

    Ishmael Beah, authored A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, a memoir of his time as a Sierra Leonean child solider in that country’s civil war.

  • In Europe’s biggest earthquake since 1915, 3,000 people are killed in Italy.

  • 1968

    Four men hijack an American plane, with 87 passengers, from Miami to Cuba.

  • 1961

    John Schnatter, businessman; founded Papa John’s Pizza.

  • 1953

    North Korea signs 10-year aid pact with Peking.

  • 1945

    Wartime meat and butter rationing ends in the United States.

  • 1943

    Andrew Goodman, civil rights activist; murdered by Ku Klux Klan in 1964 near Philadelphia, Miss.

  • U.S. Marines declare the island of Tarawa secure.

  • 1942

    The film Casablanca premieres in New York City.

  • 1941

    U.S. troops move into Dutch Guiana to guard the bauxite mines.

  • 1936

    The United States abandons the American embassy in Madrid, Spain, which is engulfed by civil war.

  • 1934

    The United States and Great Britain agree on a 5-5-3 naval ratio, with both countries allowed to build five million tons of naval ships while Japan can only build three. Japan will denounce the treaty.

  • 1933

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt recalls the American ambassador from Havana, Cuba, and urges stability in the island nation.

  • 1923

    Gloria Whelan, poet, author primarily known for children’s and young-adult fiction; her novel Homeless Bird won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature in 2000.

  • 1921

    President Warren G. Harding signs the Willis Campell Act, better known as the anti-beer bill. It forbids doctors to prescribe beer or liquor for medicinal purposes.

  • 1909

    The Wright brothers form a million-dollar corporation for the commercial manufacture of their airplanes.

  • 1904

    Russo-German talks break down because of Russia’s insistence to consult France.

  • 1903

    Italian tenor Enrico Caruso makes his American debut in a Metropolitan Opera production of Verdi’s Rigoletto.

  • 1897

    Willie “The Lion” Smith, jazz and ragtime pianist.

  • 1888

    Adolph Arthur “Harpo” Marx, American comedian, one of the Marx brothers.

  • 1887

    Boris Karloff, film actor most famous for his role as the monster in the movie Frankenstein.

  • 1878

    Ernest King, commander-in-chief of the U.S. fleet who designed the United States’ winning strategy in World War II.

  • 1863

    The Battle of Chattanooga, one of the most decisive battles of the American Civil War, begins (also in Tennessee).

  • Union forces win the Battle of Orchard Knob, Tennessee.

  • 1804

    Franklin Pierce, hero of the American war with Mexico and 14th president of the United States.

  • 1785

    John Hancock is elected president of the Continental Congress for the second time.

  • 1248

    The city of Seville, Spain, surrenders to Ferdinand III of Castile after a two-year siege.