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 October 08, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • 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.

What happened today


The Great Chicago Fire begins in southwest Chicago, possibly in a barn owned by Patrick and Katherine O'Leary. Fanned by strong southwesterly winds, the flames raged for more than 24 hours, eventually leveling three and a half square miles and wiping out one-third of the city. Approximately 250 people were killed in the fire; 98,500 people were left homeless; 17,450 buildings were destroyed.

Famous birthdays


Jesse Jackson, civil rights leader.

more events on October 8

  • 2001

    US President George W. Bush establishes the Office of Homeland Security.

  • 1991

    Croatia votes to sever its ties with Yugoslavia.

  • 1982

    The musical Cats begins a run of nearly 18 years on Broadway.

  • 1978

    Ken Warby of Australia sets the world water speed record, 317.60 mph, at Blowering Dam in Australia; no other human has yet (2013) exceeded 300 mph on water and survived.

  • 1973

    In the Yom Kippur War an Israeli armored brigade makes an unsuccessful attack on Egyptian positions on the Israeli side of the Suez Canal.

  • 1970

    Matt Damon, actor, screenwriter, producer, philanthropist; shared Academy Award and Golden Globe for screenplay Good Will Hunting; appeared in Saving Private Ryan, Invictus.

  • 1969

    The “Days of Rage” begin in Chicago; the Weathermen faction of the Students for a Democratic Society initiate 3 days of violent antiwar protests.

  • 1968

    U.S. forces in Vietnam launch Operation SEALORDS (South East Asia Lake, Ocean, River and Delta Strategy), an attack on communist supply lines and base areas in and around the Mekong Delta.

  • 1967

    Guerrilla Che Guevara captured in Bolivia.

  • 1965

    C. J. Ramone, musician, sometimes vocalist of The Ramones.

  • 1959

    Erik Gundersen, motorcycle speedway rider; won 3 Speedway World Championships, 2 Long Track World Championships, and 7 World Team Cup awards (riding for Denmark in the latter).

  • 1956

    Don Larsen of the New York Yankees pitches the first perfect game in World Series history against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

  • 1952

    Edward Zwick, director, producer whose films often are based on historic events (Glory, The Last Samurai).

  • 1949

    Sigourney Weaver, actress; (Aliens film series, Gorillas in the Mist).

  • 1948

    Johnny Ramone, musician, songwriter, founding member of The Ramones band.