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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.

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.

  • 1948

    Patrick Simmons, guitarist and vocalist for The Doobie Brothers band.

  • 1945

    Jeannie C. Riley, country and gospel singer, whose 1968 hit “Harper Valley PTA” (penned by Tom T. Hall) reached No. 1 on both the Pop and Country charts of Billboard magazine.

  • John Lithgow, actor (The World According to Garp; Terms of Endearment; 3rd Rock from the Sun TV sitcom).

  • 1944

    Peter Tosh, reggae musician; member of The Wailers before establishing a successful solo career.

  • 1942

    The Japanese submarine I-36 launches a floatplane for a reconnaissance flight over Pearl Harbor. The pilot and crew report on the ships in the harbor, after which the aircraft is lost at sea.

  • 1937

    Peter Max, illustrator and graphic artist whose use of psychedelic shapes and bright colors made him popular in the 1960s.

  • 1934

    General Yakubu “Jack” Gowon, leader of Nigeria 1966-75; his government prevented Biafran secession during the Nigerian Civil War (1967-70).

  • 1932

    Robert Reed, actor; best known for his role as Mike Brady on the ABC sitcom The Brady Bunch, he received Emmy nominations for his appearances in Medical Center, Rich Man, Poor Man, and Roots.

  • 1931

    John Le Carré, English suspense and spy novelist.

  • 1917

    The first doughnut is fried by Salvation Army volunteer women for American troops in France during World War I.

  • 1914

    The German cruiser Emden captures her thirteenth Allied merchant ship in 24 days.

  • 1895

    Lewis Mumford, American writer, urban planner and social critic (The City in History).

  • 1873

    Yale, Princeton, Columbia and Rutgers universities draft the first code of football rules.

  • 1864

    At the Battle of Cedar Creek, Va., a narrow victory helps the Union secure the Shenandoah Valley.

  • 1858

    Alice Josephine McLellan Birney, child welfare worker whose ideas evolved into the PTA.

  • 1848

    John “The Pathfinder” Fremont moves out from near Westport, Missouri, on his fourth Western expedition–a failed attempt to open a trail across the Rocky Mountains along the 38th parallel.

  • 1833

    Adam Lindsay Gordon, Australian poet.

  • 1817

    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.

  • 1812

    Napoleon Bonaparte begins his retreat from Moscow.

  • 1784

    Leigh Hunt, English journalist, essayist, poet and political radical.

  • 1781

    Major General Lord Charles Cornwallis surrenders to George Washington and Count de Rochambeau at Yorktown, Va. Cornwallis surrenders 7,157 troops, including sick and wounded, and 840 sailors, along with 244 artillery pieces. Losses in this battle had been light on both sides. The Revolutionary War is effectively ended.

  • 1739

    England declares war on Spain over borderlines in Florida. The War is known as the War of Jenkins’ Ear because the Spanish coast guards cut off the ear of British seaman Robert Jenkins.

  • 1466

    The peace of Torun ends the war between the Teutonic knights and their own disaffected subjects in Prussia.

  • 1448

    The Ottoman Sultan Murat II defeats Hungarian General Janos Hunyadi at Kosovo, Serbia.

  • 1216

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

  • 439

    The Vandals, led by King Gaiseric, take Carthage in North Africa.