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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 11, 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 11

  • 2001

    The Polaroid Corporation, which had provided shutterbugs with photo prints in minutes with its “instant cameras” since 1947, files for bankruptcy.

  • 2000

    NASA launches its 100th Space Shuttle mission.

  • 1991

    Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas begin.

  • 1987

    Operation Pawan by Indian Peace Keeping Force begins in Sri Lanka; thousands of Tamil citizens, along with hundreds of Tamil Tigers militants and Indian Army soldiers will die in the operation.

  • 1984

    Astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan, part of the crew of Space Shuttle Challenger, becomes the first American woman to walk in space.

  • 1976

    The so-called “Gang of Four,” Chairman Mao Tse-tung’s widow and three associates, are arrested in Peking, setting in motion an extended period of turmoil in the Chinese Communist Party.

  • 1975

    Saturday Night Live comedy-variety show premiers on NBC, with guest host comedian George Carlin and special guests Janis Ian, Andy Kaufman and Billy Preston; at this writing (2013) the show is still running.

  • 1972

    Race riot breaks out aboard carrier USS Kitty Hawk off Vietnam during Operation Linebacker.

  • A French mission in Vietnam is destroyed by a U.S. bombing raid.

  • 1968

    Apollo 7, with three men aboard, is successfully launched from Cape Kennedy.

  • 1962

    Pope John XXIII opens the 21st Ecumenical Council (Vatican II) with a call for Christian unity. This is the largest gathering of the Roman Catholic hierarchy in history; among delegate-observers are representatives of major Protestant denominations, in itself a sign of sweeping change.

  • 1957

    Paul Sereno, paleontologist; discovered several new dinosaur species (including Sarcosuchus imperator, “SuperCroc”) on various continents.

  • 1950

    The Federal Communications Commission authorizes the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) to begin commercial color TV broadcasts.

  • 1946

    Daryl Hall, singer, songwriter, musician, producer; lead vocalist of Hall & Oates (“Rich Girl,” “Maneater”).

  • 1945

    Negotiations between Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek and Communist leader Mao Tse-tung break down. Nationalist and Communist troops are soon engaged in a civil war.

  • 1942

    In the Battle of Cape Esperance, near the Solomon Islands, U.S. cruisers and destroyers decisively defeat a Japanese task force in a night surface encounter.

  • 1936

    James M. McPherson, historian specializing in the American Civil War; won Pulitzer Prize for Battle Cry of Freedom (1989).

  • 1932

    Dottie West, influential female country singer, songwriter; won Grammy for “Here Comes My Baby Back Again” (1965).

  • 1928

    Roscoe Robinson Jr., first African American to attain 4-star general status in the US Army.

  • 1925

    Elmore Leonard, author, screenwriter (Get Shorty, Mr. Majestyk).

  • 1918

    Jerome Robbins, choreographer, won Oscar for West Side Story.

  • 1910

    Joseph Alsop, American journalist.

  • 1906

    San Francisco school board orders the segregation of  schoolchildren, inciting Japanese outrage.

  • 1899

    South African Boers, settler from the Netherlands, declare war on Great Britain.

  • 1887

    Willie Hoppe, billiards champion.

  • 1885

    Francois Mauriac, Nobel Prize-winning novelist.

  • 1884

    Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President Franklin Roosevelt.

  • 1877

    Outlaw Wild Bill Longley, who killed at least a dozen men, is hanged, but it took two tries; on the first try, the rope slipped and his knees drug the ground.

  • 1862

    The Confederate Congress in Richmond passes a draft law allowing anyone owning 20 or more slaves to be exempt from military service. This law confirms many southerners opinion that they are in a ‘rich man’s war and a poor man’s fight.’

  • 1844

    Henry Heinz, manufacturer, founder of H.J. Heinz Co.

  • 1820

    Sir George Williams, founder of the YMCA.

  • 1795

    In graditude for putting down a rebellion in the streets of Paris, France’s National Convention appoints Napoleon Bonaparte second in command of the Army of the Interior.

  • 1727

    George II of England crowned.

  • 1540

    Charles V of Milan puts his son Philip in control.

  • 1531

    The Catholics defeat the Protestants at Kappel during Switzerland’s second civil war.