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 21, 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 21

  • 1994

    North Korea and the US sign an agreement requiring North Korea to halts its nuclear weapons program and agree to international inspections.

  • 1983

    The United States sends a ten-ship task force to Grenada.

  • 1979

    Israel’s Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan resigns over disagreements with Prime Minister Menachem Begin over policies related to the Palestinians.

  • 1969

    Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Crown Prince of Bahrain; presently (2013) First Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Supreme Commander, he is heir apparent to the Bahrain kingdom.

  • 1967

    The “March on the Pentagon,” protesting American involvement in Vietnam , draws 50,000 protesters.

  • 1961

    Bob Dylan records his first album in a single day at a cost of $400.

  • 1959

    The Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opens in Manhattan.

  • 1956

    Carrie Fisher, actress, author, screenwriter; best known as Prince Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy and he bestselling novel Postcards from the Edge; daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds.

  • 1952

    Patti Davis, actress, author; daughter of former US Pres. Ronald Reagan.

  • 1950

    Ronald McNair, astronaut; died when Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after launch on Jan. 2, 1986.

  • North Korean Premier Kim Il-Sung establishes a new capital at Sinuiju on the Yalu River opposite the Chinese City of Antung.

  • 1942

    Eight American and British officers land from a submarine on an Algerian beach to take measure of Vichy French to the Operation Torch landings.

  • 1940

    Ernest Hemingway’s novel For Whom the Bell Tolls is published.

  • 1939

    As war heats up with Germany, the British war cabinet holds its first meeting in the underground war room in London.

  • 1938

    Carl Brewer, Canadian hockey player; won three Stanley Cups (1962-64) as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

  • 1929

    Ursula K. Le Guin, science fiction writer (The Left Hand of Darkness)

  • 1917

    Dizzy Gillespie, jazz trumpeter.

  • The first U.S. troops enter the front lines at Sommerviller under French command.

  • 1904

    Panamanians clash with U.S. Marines in Panama in a brief uprising.

  • 1879

    After 14 months of testing, Thomas Edison first demonstrates his electric lamp, hoping to one day compete with gaslight.

  • 1872

    The U.S. Naval Academy admits John H. Conyers, the first African American to be accepted.

  • 1867

    Many leaders of the Kiowa, Comanche and Kiowa-Apache sign a peace treaty at Medicine Lodge, Kan. Comanche Chief Quanah Parker refused to accept the treaty terms.

  • 1861

    The Battle of Ball’s Bluff, Va. begins, a disastrous Union defeat which sparks Congressional investigations.

  • 1837

    Under a flag of truce during peace talks, U.S. troops siege the Indian Seminole Chief Osceola in Florida.

  • 1833

    Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite and founder of the Nobel Prizes.

  • 1805

    Vice Admiral and Viscount Horatio Nelson wins his greatest victory over a Franco-Spanish fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar, fought off Cape Trafalgar, Spain. Nelson is fatally wounded in the battle, but lives long enough to see victory.

  • 1790

    The Tricolor is chosen as the official flag of France.

  • 1772

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet (“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” “Kubla Khan”).

  • 1760

    Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese printmaker.

  • 1600

    Tokugawa Ieyasu defeats his enemies in battle and affirms his position as Japan’s most powerful warlord.

  • 1529

    The Pope names Henry VIII of England Defender of the Faith after defending the seven sacraments against Luther.

  • 1096

    Seljuk Turks at Chivitot slaughter thousands of German crusaders.