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 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.

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.

  • 1933

    Ronald and Reginald Kray, gangsters whose gang, The Firm, was the most infamous organized crime group in London’s East End in the 1950s and ’60s.

  • 1931

    Al (Alphonse) Capone, the prohibition-era Chicago gangster, is sent to prison for tax evasion.

  • 1930

    The Big Bopper (Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr.), singer, songwriter, musician; an early star of rock ‘n’ roll (“Chantilly Lace”), he died in the same plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the pilot, Roger Peterson.

  • John Wayne debuts in his first starring role in The Big Trail .

  • 1929

    George Henry Crumb, American composer.

  • Black Thursday–the first day of the stock market crash which began the Great Depression.

  • 1923

    Denise Levertov, English poet.

  • 1917

    The Austro-German army routs the Italian army at Caporetto, Italy.

  • 1916

    Henry Ford awards equal pay to women.

  • 1911

    Sonny Terry, blues performer.

  • 1904

    Moss Hart, American playwright who, with George S. Kaufman, wrote plays such as You Can’t Take it with You and The Man who came to Dinner.

  • 1901

    Anna Edson Taylor, 43, is the first woman to go safely over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She made the attempt for the cash award offered, which she put toward the loan on her Texas ranch.

  • 1897

    The first comic strip appears in the Sunday color supplement of the New York Journal called the ‘Yellow Kid.’

  • 1863

    General Ulysses S. Grant arrives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to find the Union Army there starving.

  • 1861

    Western Union completes the first transcontinental telegraph line, putting the Pony Express out of business.

  • 1836

    The match is patented.

  • 1788

    Sarah Josepha Hale, magazine editor and poet whose book Poems for Our Children included “Mary Had a Little Lamb” (the first words to be recorded in sound)

  • 1755

    A British expedition against the French held Fort Niagara in Canada ends in failure.

  • 1648

    The signing of the Treaty of Westphalia ends the German Thirty Years’ War.

  • 1632

    Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, Dutch naturalist.

  • 1531

    Bavaria, despite being a Catholic region, joins the League of Schmalkalden, a Protestant group which opposes Charles V.

  • 439

    Carthage, the leading Roman city in North Africa, falls to Genseric and the Vandals.