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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 23, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • 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.

What happened today


The world's oldest teletext service, BBC's Ceefax, ceases operation.

Famous birthdays


Alfred "Weird Al" Yankovic, singer, songwriter, satirist; known for his humorous rewrites of popular songs and parodies of pop culture.

more events on October 23

  • 2012

    The world’s oldest teletext service, BBC’s Ceefax, ceases operation.

  • 2011

    Libiyan National Transition Council declares the Libyan civil war is over.

  • 2004

    An earthquake in Japan kills 35, injures 2,200, and leaves 85,000 homeless or displaced.

  • 2002

    Chechen terrorists take 700 theater-goers hostage at the House of Culture theater in Moscow.

  • 1998

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat reach a “land for peace” agreement.

  • 1991

    Princess Mako of Akishino, first-born granddaughter of Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.

  • 1989

    The Hungarian Republic replaces the communist Hungarian People’s Republic.

  • 1983

    A truck filled with explosives, driven by a Moslem terrorist, crashes into the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. The bomb kills 237 Marines and injures 80. Almost simultaneously, a similar incident occurs at French military headquarters, where 58 die and 15 are injured.

  • 1973

    A U.N. sanctioned cease-fire officially ends the Yom Kippur war between Israel and Syria.

  • 1962

    Doug Flutie, collegiate and pro football quarterback; won Heisman Trophy and Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award (1984).

  • 1959

    Alfred “Weird Al” Yankovic, singer, songwriter, satirist; known for his humorous rewrites of popular songs and parodies of pop culture.

  • 1954

    Ang Lee, Taiwanese-born American film director; won Academy Award for Best Director in 2005 (Brokeback Mountain) and 2012 (Life of Pi).

  • In Paris, an agreement is signed providing for West German sovereignty and permitting West Germany to rearm and enter NATO and the Western European Union.

  • 1953

    Altug Taner Akcam, Turkish historian and sociologist; among the first Turkish historians to discuss the Armenian genocide; sued Turkish government before European Court of Human Rights for denying his rights, under a law that punishes incidents of insulting “Turkishness.”

  • 1952

    The Nobel Prize for Medicine is awarded to Ukranian-born microbiologist Selmart A. Waksman for his discovery of an effective treatment of tuberculosis.