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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 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.

What happened today


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

Famous birthdays


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

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.