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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 14, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery

Read on to learn more about the Vietnam war draft lottery.

more events on October 14

  • 2012

    Felix Baumgartner breaks the world record for highest manned balloon flight, highest parachute jump, and greatest free-fall velocity, parachuting from an altitude of approximately 24 miles (39km).

  • 1998

    Eric Robert Rudolph charged with the 1996 bombing during the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia; It was one of several bombing incidents Rudolph carried out to protest legalized abortion in the US.

  • 1994

    Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Israel’s Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres for establishing the Oslo Accords and preparing for Palestinian Self Government.

  • 1983

    Prime Minister of Grenada Maurice Bishop overthrown and later executed by a military coup.

  • 1978

    Usher (Usher Raymond IV), singer; among the top-selling artists in music history and multiple Grammy winner (“Nice & Slow,” “OMG”).

  • 1974

    Natalie Maines, singer, songwriter, activist; lead vocalist of the Dixie Chicks, the top-selling all-female band and country group since Nielsen SoundScan tracking began in 1991; Maines’ comments against the coming US invasion of Iraq in 2003 led to radio boycotts that virtually ended the group’s career for several years.

  • 1969

    The British 50-pence coin enters the UK’s currency, the first step toward covering to a decimal system, which was planned for 1971.

  • 1968

    Jim Hines, USA, breaks the “ten-second barrier” in the 100-meter sprint at the Olympics in Mexico City; his time was 9.95.

  • US Defense Department announces 24,000 soldiers and Marines will be sent back to Vietnam for involuntary second tours of duty.

  • 1966

    Montreal, Quebec, Canada, opens its underground Montreal Metro rapid-transit system.

  • 1964

    Rev. Martin Luther King is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for advocating a policy of non-violence.

  • 1962

    Cuban Missile Crisis begins; USAF U-2 reconnaissance pilot photographs Cubans installing Soviet-made missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

  • 1954

    Mordechai Vanunu, Israeli nuclear technician who provided details of Israel’s nuclear weapons program to the British press in 1986, citing his opposition to weapons of mass destruction.

  • 1950

    Chinese Communist Forces begin to infiltrate the North Korean Army.

  • 1947

    Test pilot Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier aboard a Bell X-1 rocket plane.

  • 1944

    German Field Marshal Rommel, suspected of complicity in the July 20th plot against Hitler, is visited at home by two of Hitler’s staff and given the choice of public trial or suicide by poison. He chooses suicide and it is announced that he died of wounds.

  • 1940

    Christopher Timothy, actor, director, writer; best known for portraying James Herriot in the British TV series All Creatures Great and Small (1978-80) and Brendan “Mac” McGuire in the BBC soap opera Doctors (2000-06).

  • 1939

    Ralph Lauren, noted fashion designer.

  • 1933

    The Geneva disarmament conference breaks up as Germany proclaims withdrawal from the disarmament initiative, as well as from the League of Nations, effective October 23. This begins German policy of independent action in foreign affairs.

  • 1930

    Mobutu Sese Seko, President of the Congo / Zaire (1965-97); rose to power in coups that overthrew the first democratically elected president of the Republic of the Congo; the country was renamed Zaire in 1971.

  • Singer Ethel Merman stuns the audience when she holds a high C for sixteen bars while singing “I Got Rhythm” during her Broadway debut in Gershwin’s Girl Crazy.

  • 1927

    Sir Roger Moore, actor; played James Bond in 7 films (1973-85) and starred as Simon Templar in The Saint TV series (1962-69).

  • 1926

    Son Thomas, blues guitarist and singer.

  • 1916

    C. Everett Koop, U.S. Surgeon General.

  • 1912

    Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt is shot and wounded in assassination attempt in Milwaukee. He was saved by the papers in his breast pocket and, though wounded, insisted on finishing his speech.

  • 1905

    Eugene Fodor, Hungarian-born travel writer.

  • 1896

    Lilian Gish, Film actress, “The First Lady of the Silent Screen.”

  • 1894

    e.e. cummings, American poet.

  • 1890

    Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th U.S. President (1953-1961).

  • 1888

    Katherine Mansfield, short story writer.

  • 1884

    Transparent paper-strip photographic film is patented by George Eastman.

  • 1832

    Blackfeet Indians attack American Fur Company trappers near Montana’s Jefferson River, killing one.

  • 1806

    Napoleon Bonaparte crushes the Prussian army at Jena, Germany.

  • 1773

    Britain’s East India Company tea ships’ cargo is burned at Annapolis, Md.

  • 1705

    The English Navy captures Barcelona in Spain.

  • 1651

    Laws are passed in Massachusetts forbidding the poor to adopt excessive styles of dress.

  • 1644

    William Penn, English Quaker leader and founder of Pennsylvania.

  • 1066

    William of Normandy defeats King Harold in the Battle of Hastings.