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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 18, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • 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.

What happened today


Lt. General Joseph Stilwell is recalled from China by president Franklin Roosevelt.

Famous birthdays


Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin of President John F. Kennedy.

more events on October 18

  • 2007

    Suicide attack on a motorcade in Karachi, Pakistan, kills at least 139 and wounds 450; the subject of the attack, Pakistan’s former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, is not harmed.

  • 2003

    Bolivian president Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada resigns in the wake of protests centered around Bolivia’s natural gas resources.

  • 1970

    Jose Padilla, American terrorist convicted of conspiring with overseas terrorists in death plots; held from May 8, 2002, as an enemy combatant, he was tried in a civilian court in 2006

  • 1968

    US athletes Tommi Smith and John Carlos suspended by US Olympic Committee for giving “black power” salute while receiving their medals at the Olympic Games in Mexico City.

  • 1967

    A Russian unmanned spacecraft makes the first landing on the surface of Venus.

  • 1961

    Wynton Marsalis, Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter; presently (2013) artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.

  • 1960

    Jean-Claude Van Damme, martial artist, actor, director (Bloodsport, The Expendables 2).

  • Erin Moran, actress; best known for her role as Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days TV series and its spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi.

  • 1956

    Martina Navratilova, Czechoslovakian-born tennis player; won a record 9 Wimbledon singles competitions.

  • Craig Bartlett, animator, writer; known for his work on Rugrats , Hey Arnold! and Dinosaur Train animated TV series.

  • 1952

    Bao Ninh (Hoang Au Phuong), Vietnamese author known for his novel The Sorrow of War about the Vietnam War, in which he served.

  • Chuck Lorre (Charles Levine), TV writer, director, producer and composer. Created several successful sitcoms including Dharma & Greg and The Big Bang Theory.

  • 1951

    Terry McMillan, novelist (Waiting to Exhale).

  • 1950

    Wendy Wasserstein, playwright (The Heidi Chronicles).

  • The First Turkish Brigade arrives in Korea to assist the U.N. forces fighting there.