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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 20, 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.

more events on October 20

  • 2011

    In the Libyan civil war, rebels capture deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi in his hometown of Sirte, killing him soon afterward.

  • 1991

    Oakland Hills firestorm destroys nearly 3,500 homes and apartments and kills 25 people.

  • 1977

    Charter plane crashes in Mississippi, killing three members of popular Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, along with their assistant road manager, the pilot and co-pilot.

  • 1973

    Arab oil-producing nations ban oil exports to the United States, following the outbreak of Arab-Israeli war.

  • 1971

    Snoop Dogg (Calvin Broadus, Jr.), rapper, songwriter, actor; his debut album, Doggy style, came in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Billboard Hot R&B / Hip-Hop charts.

  • 1968

    Jacqueline Kennedy marries Aristotle Onassis.

  • 1948

    Tom Petty, singer, songwriter, musician; lead singer for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and a founder of the Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch bands; inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 2002.

  • 1947

    The House Un-American Activities Committee opens public hearings on alleged communist infiltration in Hollywood. Among those denounced as having un-American tendencies are: Katherine Hepburn, Charles Chaplin and Edward G. Robinson. Among those called to testify is Screen Actors Guild President Ronald Reagan, who denies that leftists ever controlled the Guild and refuses to label anyone a communist.

  • 1946

    Elfriede Jelinek, Austrian playwright and novelist; awarded Nobel Prize in Literature, 2004.

  • Lewis Grizzard, journalist and humorist who gained popularity through his syndicated Atlanta Journal-Constitution column; he authored 25 books, including collections of his columns.

  • 1945

    Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon form the Arab League to present a unified front against the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine.

  • 1944

    U.S. troops land on Leyte in the Philippines, keeping General MacArthur’s pledge “I shall return.”

  • 1941

    German troops reach the approaches to Moscow.

  • 1940

    Robert Pinsky, former U.S. Poet Laureate.

  • 1938

    Czechoslovakia, complying with Nazi policy, outlaws the Communist Party and begins persecuting Jews.

  • 1932

    Michael McClure, beat poet.

  • 1931

    Mickey Mantle, baseball great who played for the New York Yankees

  • 1925

    Art Buchwald, humorist.

  • 1924

    Baseball’s first ‘colored World Series’ is held in Kansas City, Mo.

  • 1904

    Bolivia and Chile sign a treaty ending the War of the Pacific. The treaty recognizes Chile’s possession of the coast, but provides for construction of a railway to link La Paz, Bolivia, to Arica, on the coast.

  • 1903

    The Joint Commission, set up on January 24 by Great Britain and the United States to arbitrate the disputed Alaskan boundary, rules in favor of the United States. The deciding vote is Britain’s, which embitters Canada. The United States gains ports on the panhandle coast of Alaska.

  • 1901

    Adelaide Hall, cabaret singer.

  • 1891

    Sir James Chadwick, physicist who won the Nobel Prize for discovering the neutron.

  • 1884

    Bela Lugosi, Hungarian-born film actor famous for his portrayal of Count Dracula (1931).

  • 1874

    Charles Ives, composer.

  • 1870

    The Summer Palace in Beijing, China, is burnt to the ground by a Franco-British expeditionary force.

  • 1854

    Arthur Rimbaud, poet.

  • 1818

    The United States and Britain establish the 49th Parallel as the boundary between Canada and the United States.

  • 1805

    Austrian general Karl Mac surrenders to Napoleon’s army at the battle of Ulm.

  • 1714

    George I of England crowned.

  • 1709

    Marlborough and Eugene of Savoy take Mons in the Netherlands.

  • 1632

    Sir Christopher Wren, astronomer and architect.

  • 1587

    In France, Huguenot Henri de Navarre routs Duke de Joyeuse’s larger Catholic force at Coutras.

  • 480

    Greeks defeat the Persians in a naval battle at Salamis.