What happened on your birthday?

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
    CalledDrafted
    192
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
    196
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
    331
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
    352

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


What happened today

1973

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

Famous birthdays

1946

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

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.