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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 October 04, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery

Read on to learn more about the Vietnam war draft lottery.

What happened today


Russia's constitutional crisis over President Boris Yeltsin's attempts to dissolve the legislature: the army violently arrests civilian protesters occupying government buildings.

Famous birthdays


Edward Stratemeyer, author, creator of the Hardy Boys, Rover Boys, Nancy Drew and the Bobbsey Twins.

more events on October 4

  • 2004

    SpaceShipOne, which had achieved the first privately funded human space flight on June 21, wins the Ansari X Prize for the first non-government organization to successfully launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space.

  • 1993

    Russia’s constitutional crisis over President Boris Yeltsin’s attempts to dissolve the legislature: the army violently arrests civilian protesters occupying government buildings.

  • 1992

    Mozambique’s 16-year civil war ends with the Rome General Peace Accords.

  • 1985

    Free Software Foundation founded to promote universal freedom to create, distribute and modify computer software.

  • 1976

    In Gregg v. Georgia, the U.S. Supreme Court lifts the ban on the death sentence in murder cases. This restores the legality of capital punishment, which had not been practiced since 1967. The first execution following this ruling was Gary Gilmore in 1977.

  • 1972

    Judge John Sirca imposes a gag order on the Watergate break-in case.

  • 1968

    Cambodia admits that the Viet Cong use their country for sanctuary.

  • 1965

    Pope Paul VI arrives in New York, the first Pope ever to visit the US and the Western hemisphere.

  • 1963

    Hurricane Flora storms through the Caribbean, killing 6,000 in Cuba and Haiti.

  • 1957

    Russell Simmons, businessman; founded Def Jam Hip hop music label and Phat Farm clothing line.

  • Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite, is launched, beginning the “space race.” The satellite, built by Valentin Glushko, weighed 184 pounds and was launched by a converted Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). Sputnik orbited the earth every 96 minutes at a maximum height of 584 miles. In 1958, it reentered the earth’s atmosphere and burned up.

  • 1947

    Jim Fielder, bassist with the band Blood, Sweat & Tears.

  • 1946

    Chuck Hagel; current US Secretary of Defense (2013).

  • Susan Sarandon, actress; won Academy Award for Dead Man Walking (1995).

  • 1943

    US captures the Solomon Islands in the Pacific.