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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 19, 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
    Not CalledNot drafted

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

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King John of England dies at Newark and is succeeded by his nine-year-old son Henry.

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Tom Taylor, British playwright whose play Our American Cousin was being performed at Ford's Theater when President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

more events on October 19

  • 2005

    Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s trail for crimes against humanity begins in Baghdad.

  • 2003

    Mother Teresa is beatified by Pope John Paul II for her work among “the poorest of the poor” in India.

  • 1989

    The 1975 conviction of the Guilford Four overturned by British courts; the 4 men had been convicted in the 1974 Guilford pub bombings.

  • 1988

    British government bans TV and radio interviews with members of Irish political group Sinn Fein and 11 paramilitary groups.

  • 1987

    In retaliation for Iranian attacks on ships in the Persian Gulf, the U. S. navy disables three of Iran’s offshore oil platforms.

  • 1973

    President Richard Nixon rejects an Appeals Court demand to turn over the Watergate tapes.

  • 1969

    Trey Parker, actor, animator, screenwriter, director, musician; co-creator of animated TV series South Park; co-wrote, co-directed multiple–Tony Award winning musical The Book of Mormon.

  • 1967

    Amy Carter, daughter of American president (1977-81) Jimmy Carter, she engaged in social activism in the 1980s.

  • 1963

    Prince Laurent of Belgium.

  • 1962

    Evander Holyfield, professional boxer; held Undisputed World Champion title in both cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions; known as “The Real Deal.” In a 1997 bout, challenger Mike Tyson bit off part of one of Holyfield’s ears.

  • 1960

    Canada and the United States agree to undertake a joint Columbia River project to provide hydroelectric power and flood control.

  • 1956

    Grover Norquist, founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform political group, which opposes all tax increases.

  • 1954

    Egypt and Britain conclude a pact on the Suez Canal, ending 72 years of British military occupation. Britain agrees to withdraw its 80,000-man force within 20 months, and Egypt agrees to maintain freedom of canal navigation.

  • 1950

    The North Korean capital of Pyongyang is captured by U.N. troops.

  • 1949

    The People’s Republic of China is formally proclaimed.