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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.

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.

  • 1943

    The U.S. Fifth Army begins an assault crossing of the Volturno River in Italy.

  • 1935

    Luciano Pavarotti, Italian opera tenor.

  • 1933

    Alcatraz Island is made a federal maximum security prison.

  • 1932

    Dick Gregory, comedian and social activist.

  • 1929

    Richard Coles, child psychologist and author.

  • 1915

    Despite international protests, Edith Cavell, an English nurse in Belgium, is executed by Germans for aiding the escape of Allied prisoners.

  • 1899

    The Anglo-Boer War begins.

  • 1872

    Apache leader Cochise signs a peace treaty with General Howard in Arizona Territory.

  • 1868

    Charles Sumner Greene, architect.

  • 1809

    Meriwether Lewis, of the Lewis and Clark expedition, dies under mysterious circumstances in Tennessee.

  • 1722

    Shah Sultan Husayn surrenders the Persian capital of Isfahan to Afgan rebels after a seven month siege.

  • 1702

    Admiral Sir George Rooke defeats the French fleet off Vigo.

  • 1609

    The song “Three Blind Mice” is published in London, believed to be the earliest printed secular song.

  • 1576

    Rudolf II, the king of Hungary and Bohemia, succeeds his father, Maximillian II, as Holy Roman Emperor.

  • 1537

    Edward VI, the only son of Henry VIII by his third wife Jane Seymour.

  • 1492

    Christopher Columbus and his crew land in the Bahamas.