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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 27, 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


In Italy, liberal Luigi Facta's cabinet resigns after threats from Mussolini that "either the government will be given to us or we will seize it by marching on Rome." Mussolini calls for a general mobilization of all Fascists.

Famous birthdays


Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the United States (1901-1909).

more events on October 27

  • 1997

    Stock markets crash around the world over fears of a global economic meltdown.

  • 1988

    US President Ronald Reagan decides to tear down a new US Embassy in Moscow because Soviet listening devices were built into the structure.

  • 1986

    London Stock Exchange rules change as Britain suddenly deregulates financial markets, an event called the Big Bang.

  • 1975

    Aron Ralston, outdoorsman, engineer, author; known for surviving an accident by amputating his own right forearm to escape from under a boulder that had trapped him for over five days.

  • 1971

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo renamed Zaire.

  • 1964

    The political career of future US president Ronald Reagan is launched when he delivers a speech on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater.

  • 1962

    Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev offers to remove Soviet missile bases in Cuba if the U.S. removes its missile bases in Turkey.

  • American U-2 reconnaissance plane shot down by a surface-to-air missile over Cuba, killing the pilot, Maj. Rudolf Anderson, the only direct human casualty of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

  • 1958

    Simon Le Bon, lead singer of the band Duran Duran and Arcadia.

  • 1954

    Benjamin O. Davis Jr. becomes the first African-American general in the US Air Force.

  • 1950

    Fran Leibowitz, writer (Metropolitan Life, Social Studies).

  • 1946

    Peter Martins, Danish dancer and choreographer.

  • 1941

    In a broadcast to the nation on Navy Day, President Franklin Roosevelt declares: “America has been attacked, the shooting has started.” He does not ask for full-scale war yet, realizing that many Americans are not yet ready for such a step.

  • 1940

    Maxine Hong Kingston, writer (The Woman Warrior, China Men).

  • 1939

    John Cleese, actor-writer best known for comedy productions (Monty Python, Fawlty Towers).