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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 28, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery
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Read on to learn more about the Vietnam war draft lottery.

more events on October 28

  • 2007

    Argentina elects its first woman president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

  • 2005

    Libby "Scooter" Lewis, chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, resigns after being indicted for "outing" CIA agent Valerie Plame.

  • 1982

    The Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party wins election, giving Spain its first Socialist government since the death of right-wing President Francisco Franco.

  • 1972

    Brad Paisley, country / Southern rock singer, songwriter, musician ("I’m Gonna Miss Her," "Letter to Me"); his many awards include the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year 2010.

  • 1971

    Britain launches the satellite Prospero into orbit, using a Black Arrow carrier rocket; this is the first and so far (2013) only British satellite launched by a British rocket.

  • 1967

    John Romero, game designer, developer; co-founded id Software (Doom, Quake).

  • Julia Roberts, actress (Pretty Woman, Steel Magnolias; won Academy Award for Best Actress in Erin Brockovich).

  • Sophie, Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein.

  • 1965

    Construction completed on St. Louis Arch; at 630 feet (192m), it is the world’s tallest arch.

  • 1962

    Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev orders Soviet missiles removed from Cuba, ending the Cuban Missile Crisis.

  • 1960

    In a note to the OAS (Organization of American States), the United States charges that Cuba has been receiving substantial quantities of arms and numbers of military technicians" from the Soviet bloc.

  • 1955

    William "Bill" Gates, the chairman and CEO of Microsoft Corporation, the world’s largest software firm.

  • 1951

    Joe R. Lansdale, author ("Hap and Leonard" novel series, "Bubba Ho-Tep"); won World Horror Convention Grand Master Award 2007.

  • 1949

    Bruce Jenner, athlete, actor; won gold medal in the Decathlon at the Summer Olympics in Montreal (1976).

  • 1944

    Anton Schlecker, founder of the Schlecker Company, which operated retail stores across Europe.

  • The first B-29 Superfortress bomber mission flies from the airfields in the Mariana Islands in a strike against the Japanese base at Truk.

  • 1940

    Italy invades Greece, launching six divisions on four fronts from occupied Albania.

  • 1938

    Anne Perry, an author of historical detective fiction, she was herself convicted at age 15 of aiding in the murder of a friend’s mother in New Zealand; their crime was the basis for the 1994 film Heavenly Creatures.

  • 1936

    Charlie Daniels, country / Southern rock singer, songwriter, musician ("The Devil Went Down to Georgia").

  • 1927

    Pan American Airways launches the first scheduled international flight.

  • 1926

    Bowie Kuhn, Commissioner of Major League Baseball (1969–1984).

  • 1919

    Over President Wilson’s veto, Congress passes the National Prohibition Act, or Volstead Act, named after its promoter, Congressman Andrew J. Volstead. It provides enforcement guidelines for the Prohibition Amendment.

  • 1914

    Jonas Salk, U.S. scientist who developed the first vaccine against polio.

  • George Eastman announces the invention of the color photographic process.

  • The German cruiser Emden, disguised as a British ship, steams into Penang Harbor near Malaya and sinks the Russian light cruiser Zhemchug.

  • 1912

    Richard Doll, English epidemiologist who established a link between tobacco smoke and cancer.

  • 1909

    Francis Bacon, English artist who painted expressionist portraits.

  • 1904

    The St. Louis police try a new investigation method: fingerprints.

  • 1903

    Evelyn Waugh, English novelist who wrote Decline and Fall and Brideshead Revisited.

  • 1901

    Race riots sparked by Booker T. Washington’s visit to the White House kill 34.

  • 1896

    Howard Hansen, composer, director of the Eastman School of music.

  • 1886

    The Statue of Liberty, originally named Liberty Enlightening the World, is dedicated at Liberty Island, N. Y., formerly Bedloe’s Island, by President Grover Cleveland

  • 1875

    Gilbert Grosvenor, editor, turned the National Geographic Society’s irregularly published pamphlet into a periodical with a circulation of nearly two million.

  • 1863

    In a rare night attack, Confederates under Gen. James Longstreet attack a Federal force near Chattanooga, Tennessee, hoping to cut their supply line, the "cracker line." They fail.

  • 1793

    Eli Whitney applies for a patent on the cotton gin, a machine which cleans the tight-clinging seeds from short-staple cotton easily and effectively–a job which was previously done by hand.

  • 1768

    Germans and Acadians join French Creoles in their armed revolt against the Spanish governor of New Orleans.

  • 1636

    Harvard College, the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, is founded in Cambridge, Mass.

  • 1628

    After a fifteen-month siege, the Huguenot town of La Rochelle surrenders to royal forces.

  • 1216

    Henry III of England is crowned.

  • 969

    After a prolonged siege, the Byzantines end 300 years of Arab rule in Antioch.

  • 312

    Constantine the Great defeats Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maxentius at the Mulvian Bridge.