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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.

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George Eastman announces the invention of the color photographic process.

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

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.