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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 13, 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 13

  • 2010

    After being underground for a record 69 days, all 33 miners trapped in a Copiapo, Chile, mine are rescued.

  • 1990

    The Lebanese Civil War ends when a Syrian attack removes Gen. Michel Aoun from power.

  • 1983

    The Space Shuttle Challenger, carrying seven, the largest crew to date, lands safely at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

  • 1976

    Dr. F.A. Murphy at Center for Disease Control obtains the first electron micrograph of an Ebola viral particle.

  • 1972

    Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crashes in the Andes Mountains, near the Argentina-Chile border; only 16 survivors (out of 45 people aboard) are rescued on Dec. 23.

  • 1969

    Nancy Kerrigan, figure skater; won Olympic bronze (1992) and silver (1994) medals; US National Champion 1993; on Jan. 6, 1994, she was clubbed on the knee in an attack intended to aid one of her skating rivals.

  • 1967

    Kate Walsh, actress (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice TV series).

  • First game of the fledgling American Basketball Association; Oakland Oaks beat Anaheim Amigos 134-129 in Oakland, Cal.

  • 1960

    Ari Fleischer, White House Press Secretary for Pres. George W. Bush (2001-03).

  • 1959

    Marie Osmond, singer (“Paper Roses”), songwriter, actress; co-hosted TV variety show Donny & Marie with her brother Donny (1976-79).

  • 1958

    First appearance of Paddington Bear, now a beloved icon of children’s literature.

  • 1947

    Sammy Hagar, “The Red Rocker,” singer, songwriter, musician; replaced David Lee Roth as lead singer of the band Van Halen.

  • 1946

    The Fourth Republic begins in France; will continue to 1958.

  • 1944

    Troops of the advancing Soviet Army occupy Riga, capital of Latvia.

  • 1943

  • 1942

    In the first of four attacks, two Japanese battleships sail down the slot and shell Henderson field on Guadalcanal, in an unsuccessful effort to destroy the American Cactus Air Force.

  • 1941

    Paul Simon, singer, songwriter, musician, producer; rose to fame as half of the Simon & Garfunkel duo; to date (2013) he has received 12 Grammys including a Lifetime Achievement Award (2001); Time magazine included him in its 2006 special “100 People Who Shaped the World.”

  • 1939

    Melinda Dillon, actress, best known for her role as Ralphie’s mother in the TV classic A Christmas Story (1983).

  • 1930

    Bruce Geller, screenwriter, producer, actor; won two Emmys as the writer, producer and director of the Mission Impossible TV series.

  • 1926

    Ray Brown, jazz bass player.

  • 1925

    Margaret Thatcher, the first female UK prime minister (1979-1990).

  • 1910

    Art Tatum, American jazz pianist.

  • Ernest Kellogg Gann, pilot and adventure novelist (Island in the Sky, The High and Mighty).

  • 1909

    Herblock (Herbert Lawrence Block), multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist.

  • 1907

    Yves Allégret, French film director (Dédée d’Anvers, Une si jolie petite plage).

  • 1904

    Sigmund Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams is published.

  • 1903

    Boston defeats Pittsburgh in baseball’s first World Series.

  • 1890

    Conrad Richter, novelist and short story writer.

  • 1853

    Lillie Langtry, British actress.

  • 1849

    The California state constitution, which prohibits slavery, is signed in Monterey.

  • 1817

    William Kirby, Canadian writer.

  • 1812

    At the Battle of Queenston Heights, a Canadian and British army defeats the American who have tried to invade Canada.

  • 1792

    President George Washington lays the cornerstone for the White House.

  • 1784

    Ferdinand VII, king of Spain.

  • 1776

    Benedict Arnold is defeated at Lake Champlain.

  • 1775

    The Continental Congress authorizes construction of two warships, thus instituting an American naval force.

  • 1670

    Virginia passes a law that blacks arriving in the colonies as Christians cannot be used as slaves.

  • 1399

    Henry IV of England is crowned.

  • 1307

    Members of the Knights of Templar are arrested throughout France, imprisoned and tortured by the order of King Philip the Fair of France.

  • 54

    Nero succeeds his great uncle Claudius, who was murdered by his wife, as the new emperor of Rome.