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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 10, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • 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 October 10

  • 2008

    Orakzai bombing, Afghanistan: members of the Taliban drive an explosive-laden truck into a meeting of 600 people discussing ways to rid their area of the Taliban; the bomb kills 110.

  • 1985

    An Egyptian plane carrying hijackers of the Achille Lauro cruise ship is intercepted by US Navy F-14s and forced to land at a NATO base in Sicily.

  • 1974

    Dale Earnhardt Jr., stock car racing driver and team owner; won Most Popular Driver Award in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 10 times (2003–2012).

  • 1973

    Spiro Agnew resigns the vice presidency amid accusations of income tax evasion. President Richard Nixon names Gerald Ford as the new vice president. Agnew is later convicted and sentenced to three years probation and fined $10,000.

  • 1971

    The London Bridge, built in 1831 and dismantled in 1967, reopens in Lake Havusu City, Arizona, after being sold to Robert P. McCulloch and moved to the United States.

  • 1970

    The Quebec Provincial Minister of Labour, Pierre Laporte, is kidnapped by terrorists.

  • 1969

    Brett Favre, pro football player; only pro quarterback to throw for over 70,000 yards, completing 6,000 passes, including over 500 for touchdowns.

  • 1966

    U.S. Forces launch Operation Robin, in Hoa Province south of Saigon in South Vietnam, to provide road security between villages.

  • 1963

    Daniel Pearl, journalist; captured and beheaded by Al Queda in Pakistan; Daniel Pearl Foundation to promote tolerance and understanding internationally founded in his memory.

  • 1958

    Tanya Tucker, singer whose first hit, “Delta Dawn,” came when she was just 13.

  • 1954

    David Lee Roth, singer, songwriter, actor, author; lead vocalist for hard rock band Van Halen; member of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame (2007).

  • 1953

    The Mutual Defense Treaty between the US and South Korea signed.

  • 1949

    Wang Wanxing, Chinese rights advocate; prisoner for 13 years in detention centers and psychiatric institutions (Ankang), he is the only person thus far to be released from these institutions and allowed to live in a Western country.

  • 1946

    Ben Vereen, actor (Roots miniseries).

  • John Prine, singer, songwriter; influential for his poem-like lyrics (“The Great Compromise,” “Blue Umbrella”).

  • 1941

    Soviet troops halt the German advance on Moscow.

  • 1940

    Winston Spencer-Churchill, British politician; grandson of famed Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.

  • 1933

    At Rio de Janeiro, nations of the Western Hemisphere sign a non-aggression and conciliation treaty. President Roosevelt adopts a “good neighbor” policy toward Latin America and announces a policy of nonintervention in Latin American affairs at the December 7th International American Conference at Montevideo, Uruguay.

  • 1930

    Harold Pinter, British playwright (The Homecoming, Betrayal).

  • 1924

    James Clavell, novelist (Shogun, Noble House).

  • 1920

    Thelonius Monk, jazz pianist and composer.

  • 1911

    The Panama Canal opens.

  • Revolution in China begins with a bomb explosion and the discovery of revolutionary headquarters in Hankow. The revolutionary movement spread rapidly through west and southern China, forcing the abdication of the last Ch’ing emperor, six-year-old Henry Pu-Yi. By October 26, the Chinese Republic will be proclaimed, and on December 4, Premier Yuan Shih-K’ai will sign a truce with rebel general Li Yuan-hung.

  • 1901

    Alberto Giacometti, sculptor and painter.

  • 1900

    Helen Hayes, American actress.

  • 1877

    Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer is buried at West Point in New York.

  • 1863

    The first telegraph line to Denver is completed.

  • 1845

    The U.S. Naval Academy is founded at Annapolis, Md.

  • 1813

    Giuseppe Verdi, composer (Rigoletto, Aida).

  • 1794

    Russian General Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov crushes the rebel Polish army at Maciejowice, Poland.

  • 1789

    In Versailles France, Joseph Guillotin says the most humane way of carrying out a death sentence is decapitation by a single blow of a blade.

  • 1733

    France declares war on Austria over the question of Polish succession.

  • 1731

    Henry Cavendish, English physicist who measured the density and mass of the Earth.

  • 732

    At Tours, France, Charles Martel kills Abd el-Rahman and halts the Muslim invasion of Europe.

  • 19

    Germanicus, the best loved of Roman princes, dies of poisoning. On his deathbed he accuses Piso, the governor of Syria, of poisoning him.