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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 12, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • 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 song "Three Blind Mice" is published in London, believed to be the earliest printed secular song.

Famous birthdays


Luciano Pavarotti, Italian opera tenor.

more events on October 12

  • 2002

    Terrorist bombers kill over 200 and wound over 300 more at the Sari Club in Kuta, Bali.

  • 2000

    Suicide bombers at Aden, Yemen, damage USS Cole; 17 crew members killed and over 35 wounded.

  • 1999

    Chief of Army Staff Perez Musharraf seizes power in Pakistan through a bloodless military coup.

  • 1994

    NASA loses contact with the Magellan probe spacecraft in the thick atmosphere of Venus.

  • 1984

    The Provisional Irish Republican Army detonates at bomb at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, England, in an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; 5 others are killed and 31 wounded.

  • 1971

    The House of Representatives passes the Equal Rights Amendment 354-23.

  • 1970

    President Richard Nixon announces the pullout of 40,000 more American troops in Vietnam by Christmas.

  • 1968

    Hugh Jackman, actor; well known for his recurring role as Wolverine in the X-Men films, his many awards include a Golden Globe (Les Miserables, 2013) and a Tony Award Special Award for Extraordinary Contribution to the Theatre Community (2012).

  • 1964

    1964 USSR launches Voskhod I, first spacecraft with multi-person crew; it is also the first mission in which the crew did not wear space suits.

  • 1960

    Inejiro Asanuma, leaders of the Japan Socialist Party, is assassinated during a live TV broadcast.

  • 1955

    Ante Gotvina, Croatian lieutenant general; convicted in 2011 of war crimes during the Croatian civil war, his conviction was overturned in 2012.

  • 1949

    Carlos the Jackal (Ilich Ramirez Sanches), one of the most infamous political terrorists of the 1970s; currently (2013) serving a life term in France.

  • Eugenie Anderson becomes the first woman U.S. ambassador.

  • 1947

    Chris Wallace, former host/moderator of Meet the Press, currently (2013) host of Fox News Sunday; the three-time Emmy winner is the only person thus far to host more than one major Sunday political talk show.

  • 1944

    Angel Rippon, first female journalist to present BBC national television news on a permanent basis.