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.

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.

  • 1943

    R. L. Stine, author, screenwriter, producer; known as the “Stephen King of children’s literature” for his hundreds of horror novels written for younger readers.

  • Chevy Chase, actor, comedian, known for his roles on Saturday Night Live TV series and comedic movies (National Lampoon’s Summer Vacation, Caddyshack).

  • 1941

    Jesse Jackson, civil rights leader.

  • 1939

    Lynne Stewart, US attorney convicted of conspiracy and providing material support to terrorists (2005) and perjury (2010).

  • Paul Hogan, comedian, actor; won Golden Globe for his role as “Crocodile” Dundee (1986).

  • Nazi Germany annexes Western Poland.

  • 1936

    Rona Barrett, gossip columnist; co-host of NBC’s Tomorrow program (1980-81).

  • 1932

    Indian Air Force established.

  • 1926

    Cesar Milstein, molecular biologist.

  • 1922

    Lilian Gatlin becomes the first woman pilot to fly across the United States.

  • 1921

    First live radio broadcast of a football game; Harold W. Arlin was the announcer when KDKA of Pittsburgh broadcast live from Forbes Field as the University of Pittsburgh beat West Virginia University 21–13.

  • 1919

    The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives pass the Volstead Prohibition Enforcement Bill.

  • 1918

    US Army corporal Alvin C. York kills 28 German soldiers and captures 132 in the Argonne Forest; promoted to sergeant and awarded US Medal of Honor and French Croix de Guerre.

  • 1917

    Rodney Porter, British biochemist and Nobel Proze winner.

  • 1912

    First Balkan War begins as Montenegro declares war against the Ottoman Empire.

  • 1906

    Karl Ludwig Nessler first demonstrates a machine in London that puts permenant waves in hair. The client wears a dozen brass curlers, each wearing two pounds, for the six-hour process.

  • 1900

    Maximilian Harden is sentenced to six months in prison for publishing an article critical of the German Kaiser.

  • 1897

    Journalist Charles Henry Dow, founder of the Wall Street Journal, begins charting trends of stocks and bonds.

  • 1895

    Juan Peron, Argentinean dictator.

  • 1890

    Eddie Rickenbacker, U.S. fighter pilot in World War I, aviation pioneer.

  • 1871

    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.

  • 1862

    The Union is victorious at the Battle of Perryville, the largest Civil War combat to take place in Kentucky.

  • 1855

    Arrow, a ship flying the British flag, is boarded by Chinese who arrest the crew, thus beginning the Second Chinese War.

  • 1840

    King William I of Holland abdicates.

  • 1810

    James Wilson Marshall, discoverer of gold in California.

  • 1690

    Belgrade is retaken by the Turks.

  • 876

    Charles the Bald is defeated at the Battle of Andernach.