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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 24, 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.

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more events on October 24

  • 2008

    Many stock exchanges worldwide suffer the steepest declines in their histories; the day becomes known as “Bloody Friday.”

  • 2003

    The supersonic Concorde jet made its last commercial passenger flight from New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to London’s Heathrow Airport, traveling at twice the speed of sound.

  • 1992

    Toronto Blue Jays win the World Series, defeating the Atlanta Braves in the 11th inning of the 6th game, to become the first Major League Baseball team from outside the US to win the series.

  • 1980

    Poland’s government legalizes the Solidarity trade union.

  • 1973

  • 1970

    Leftist Salvador Allende elected president of Chile.

  • 1958

    Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, US Army’s Deputy Director of Operations during the Iraq War that deposed dictator Saddam Hussein; presently (2013) commander of Third Army.

  • 1952

    Presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower announces that if elected, he will go to Korea.

  • 1945

    Vidkun Quisling, Norway’s wartime minister president, is executed by firing squad for collaboration with the Nazis.

  • The United Nations comes into existence with the ratification of its charter by the first 29 nations.

  • 1944

    The aircraft carrier USS Princeton is sunk by a single Japanese plane during the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

  • 1942

    Frank Delany, Irish author, journalist, broadcaster; best known for his novel Ireland and non-fiction book Simple Courage: A True Story of Peril on the Sea.

  • 1941

    Dr. William H. Dobelle, biomedical researcher who developed technology that restored limited sight to blind patients.

  • 1938

    The Fair Labor Standards Act becomes law, establishing the 40-hour work week.

  • 1934

    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, called Mahatma or “Great Soul,” resigns from Congress in India.