What happened on your birthday?

What’s Your Vietnam War Draft Lottery Number?

The Vietnam War draft lottery ran from 1969 to 1972. If you were born on October 16, 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

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

What happened today


Queen Marie Antoinette is beheaded by guillotine during the French Revolution.

Famous birthdays


Roy Hargrove, jazz trumpeter; won Grammy Awards for albums in 1998 (Habana) and 2002 (Directions in Music).

more events on October 16

  • 2003

    Princess Kritika of Nepal.

  • 2002

    Inaugural opening of Bibliotheca Alexandria in Alexandria, Egypt., a modern library and cultural center commemorating the famed Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity

  • 1998

    General Augusto Pinochet, former dictator of Chile, arrested in London for extradition on murder charges

  • 1995

    Skye Bridge opens over Loch Alsh, Scotland

  • The Million Man March for ‘A Day of Atonement’ takes place in Washington, D.C.

  • 1984

    A baboon heart is transplanted into 15-day-old Baby Fae–the first transplant of the kind–at Loma Linda University Medical Center, California. Baby Fae lives until November 15.

  • 1978

    The college of cardinals elects 58-year-old Karol Cardinal Wojtyla, a Pole, the first non-Italian Pope since 1523.

  • 1977

    John Mayer, singer, songwriter, musician, producer; won Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance (“Your Body is a Wonderland,” 2003).

  • 1973

    Israeli General Ariel Sharon crosses the Suez Canal and begins to encircle two Egyptian armies.

  • 1969

    Roy Hargrove, jazz trumpeter; won Grammy Awards for albums in 1998 (Habana) and 2002 (Directions in Music).

  • The New York Mets win the World Series four games to one over the heavily-favored Baltimore Orioles.

  • 1958

    Tim Robbins, actor, screenwriter, director, producer; won Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Mystic River 2003.

  • 1949

    Suzanne Somers, actress (Three’s Company TV series).

  • 1946

    Ten Nazi war criminals are hanged in Nuremberg, Germany.

  • 1940

    Benjamin O. Davis becomes the U.S. Army’s first African American Brigadier General.