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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 17, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • 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 17

  • 2003

    Taipei 101 is completed in Taipei, becoming the world’s tallest high-rise.

  • 2001

    Rehavam Ze’evi, Israeli tourism minister and founder of the right-wing Moledet party, assassinated by a member of the Popular Front of the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP); he was the first Israeli minister ever assassinated.

  • 1994

    Dmitry Kholodov, a Russian journalist, assassinated while investigating corruption in the armed forces; his murkier began a series of killings of journalists in Russia.

  • 1989

    The worst earthquake in 82 years strikes San Francisco bay area minutes before the start of a World Series game there. The earthquake registers 6.9 on the Richter scale–67 are killed and damage is estimated at $10 billion.

  • 1972

    Peace talks between Pathet Lao and Royal Lao government begin in Vietnam.

  • 1968

    Ziggy Marley, Jamaican musician, leader of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers; oldest son of reggae great Bob Marley.

  • 1960

    Rob Marshall, theater and film director, choreographer; awards include 4 Emmys and an Academy Award for Best Picture (Chicago, 2002).

  • 1958

    Alan Jackson, country singer with over 60 million records sold worldwide; his many awards include 2 Grammys and 16 Country Music Association awards; “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning”; “Don’t Rock the Jukebox.”

  • 1956

    The nuclear power station Calder Hall is opened in Britain. Calder Hall is the first nuclear station to feed an appreciable amount of power into a civilian network.

  • 1948

    Margo Kidder, actress; best known for playing Lois Lane in four Superman movies between 1978 and 1987.

  • 1946

    Adam Michnik, Polish historian and editor-in-chief of Gazeta Wybocza, Poland’s largest newspaper; named Europe’s Man of the Year by La Vie magazine (1989).

  • Michael Hossack, drummer for the Doobie Brothers band

  • 1942

    Gary Puckett, singer, songwriter; lead singer of Gary Puckett & The Union Gap (“Woman, Woman”; “Young Girl”).

  • 1941

    The U.S. destroyer Kearney is damaged by a German U-boat torpedo off Iceland; 11 Americans are killed.

  • 1938

    Evel Knievel, U.S. daredevil motorcycle stunt man.

  • 1933

    Due to rising anti-Semitism and anti-intellectualism in Hitler’s Germany, Albert Einstein immigrates to the United States. He makes his new home in Princeton, N.J.

  • 1930

    Jimmy Breslin, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, author and columnist.

  • 1918

    Rita Hayworth, film actress.

  • 1915

    Arthur Miller, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (Death of a Salesman, A View from the Bridge).

  • 1913

    Zeppelin LII explodes southeast of central Berlin, killing 28.

  • 1903

    Nathaneal West, novelist and screenwriter (Miss Lonely Hearts, The Day of the Locust).

  • 1895

    Doris Humphrey, modern dance choreographer.

  • 1877

    Brigadier General Alfred Terry meets with Sitting Bull in Canada to discuss the Indians’ return to the United States.

  • 1863

    General Ulysses S. Grant is named overall Union Commander of the West.

  • 1859

    Childe Hassam, American impressionist painter and illustrator.

  • 1849

    Composer and pianist Frederic Chopin dies in Paris of tuberculosis at the age of 39.

  • 1821

    Alexander Gardner, American photographer who documented the Civil War and the West.

  • 1815

    Napoleon Bonaparte arrives at the island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic, where he has been banished by the Allies.

  • 1777

    British Maj. Gen. John Burgoyne surrenders 5,000 men at Saratoga, N.Y.

  • 1691

    Maine and Plymouth are incorporated in Massachusetts.

  • 1529

    Henry VIII of England strips Thomas Wolsey of his office for failing to secure an annulment of his marriage.

  • 1346

    English forces defeat the Scots under David II during the Battle of Neville’s Cross, Scotland.

  • 1244

    The Sixth Crusade ends when an Egyptian-Khwarismian force almost annihilates the Frankish army at Gaza.