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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 22, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • 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.

What happened today


The Tennessee Legislature adjourns ending David "Davy" Crockett's state political career.

Famous birthdays


Doris Lessing, novelist (Children of Violence, The Golden Notebook).

more events on October 22

  • 2005

    Tropical Storm Alpha forms, making 2005 the most active Atlantic hurricane season on record with 22 named storms.

  • 1999

    Maurice Papon, formerly an official in the Vichy France government during World War II, is jailed for crimes against humanity for his role in deporting more than 1,600 Jews to concentration camps.

  • 1981

    The US Federal Labor Relations authority decertified the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) from representing federal air traffic controllers, as a result of a PATCO strike in August that was broken by the Reagan Administration.

  • 1978

    Papal inauguration of Pope John Paul II; born Karol Jozef Wojtyla. The Polish-born Wojtyla was the first non-Italian pope since Pope Adrian VI died in 1523; he would become the second-longest serving pope in the history of the Papacy and exercise considerable influence on events of the later portion of the 20th century.

  • 1972

    Operation Linebacker I, the bombing of North Vietnam with B-52 bombers, ends.

  • 1966

    The Soviet Union launches Luna 12 for orbit around the moon

  • 1964

    Jean Paul Satre declines the Nobel Prize for Literature.

  • 1962

    U.S. reveals Soviet missile sites in Cuba. President Kennedy orders a naval and air blockade on further shipment of military equipment to Cuba. Following a confrontation that threatens nuclear war, Kennedy and Khrushchev agree on October 28 on a formula to end the crisis. On November 2 Kennedy reports that Soviet missile bases in Cuba are being dismantled.

  • 1955

    The prototype of the F-105 Thunder Chief makes its maiden flight.

  • 1954

    As a result of the Geneva accords granting Communist control over North Vietnam, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorizes a crash program to train the South Vietnamese Army.

  • 1952

    Jeff Goldblum, actor (Jurassic Park; Independence Day).

  • 1948

    Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate Pres. Gerald Ford on Sept. 5, 1975.

  • 1942

    Annette Funicello, actress, singer; one of the most popular Mouseketeers on the original Micky Mouse Club TV series.

  • 1939

    Joaquim Chissano, second President of Mozambique (1986–2005); credited with transforming Mozambique into one of Africa’s most successful democracies.

  • 1938

    Christopher Lloyd, actor; (Back to the Future Film series; Who Framed Roger Rabbit; won three Emmys, two of them for his role as Jim Ignatoski in Taxi TV series).