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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.

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).

  • 1932

    Sylvia Plath, poet and novelist.

  • 1927

    Ruby Dee, actress and civil rights activist.

  • Fox Movie-tone news, the first sound news film, is released.

  • 1923

    Roy Lichtenstein, ‘pop art’ painter.

  • 1922

    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.

  • 1917

    20,000 women march in a suffrage parade in New York. As the largest state and the first on the East Coast to do so, New York has an important effect on the movement to grant all women the vote in all elections.

  • 1914

    Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet.

  • 1907

    The first trial in the Eulenberg Affair ends in Germany.

  • 1904

    The New York subway officially opens running from the Brooklyn Bridge uptown to Broadway at 145th Street.

  • 1891

    D. B. Downing, inventor, is awarded a patent for the street letter (mail) box.

  • 1873

    Farmer Joseph F. Glidden applies for a patent on barbed wire. Glidden eventually received five patents and is generally considered the inventor of barbed wire.

  • 1870

    The French fortress of Metz surrenders to the Prussian Army.

  • 1862

    A Confederate force is routed at the Battle of Georgia Landing, near Bayou Lafourche in Louisiana.

  • 1858

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

  • 1811

    Isaac Singer, inventor of the sewing machine.

  • 1809

    President James Madison orders the annexation of the western part of West Florida. Settlers there had rebelled against Spanish authority.

  • 1806

    Emperor Napoleon enters Berlin.

  • 1791

    President George Washington transmits to Congress the results of the first US census, exclusive of South Carolina which had not yet submitted its findings.

  • 1728

    Captain James Cook, British explorer.

  • 1612

    A Polish army that invaded Russia capitulates to Prince Dimitri Pojarski and his Cossacks.

  • 1553

    Michael Servetus, who discovered the pulmonary circulation of the blood, is burned for heresy in Switzerland.

  • 97

    To placate the Praetorians of Germany, Nerva of Rome adopts Trajan, the Spanish-born governor of lower Germany.