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 29, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
    229
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
    259
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
    CalledDrafted
    79
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
    349

Read on to learn more about the Vietnam war draft lottery.


What happened today

1998

The deadliest Atlantic hurricane on record up to that time, Hurricane Mitch, makes landfall in Honduras (in 2005 Hurricane Wilma surpassed it); nearly 11,000 people died and approximately the same number were missing.

Famous birthdays

1921

Bill Mauldin, American cartoonist whose GI characters "Willie" and "Joe" appeared in Stars and Stripes newspapers during World War II.

more events on October 29

  • 2012

    Hurricane Sandy devastates much of the East Coast of the US; nearly 300 die directly or indirectly from the storm.

  • 2008

    Delta and Northwest airlines merge, forming the world’s largest airline.

  • 2004

    For the first time, Osama bin Laden admits direct responsibility for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the US; his comments are part of a video broadcast by the Al Jazeera network.

  • 1998

    The deadliest Atlantic hurricane on record up to that time, Hurricane Mitch, makes landfall in Honduras (in 2005 Hurricane Wilma surpassed it); nearly 11,000 people died and approximately the same number were missing.

  • John Glenn, at age 77, becomes the oldest person to go into outer space. He is part of the crew of Space Shuttle Discovery, STS-95.

  • South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission reports condemns both sides on the Apartheid issue for committing atrocities.

  • 1986

    The last stretch of Britain’s M25 motorway opens.

  • 1983

    More than 500,000 people protest in The Hague, The Netherlands, against cruise missiles.

  • 1972

    Palestinian guerrillas kill an airport employee and hijack a plane, carrying 27 passengers, to Cuba. They force West Germany to release 3 terrorists who were involved in the Munich Massacre.

  • 1971

    Winona Ryder, actress, producer (Beetlejuice; Girl, Interrupted).

  • 1969

    First computer-to-computer link; the link is accomplished through ARPANET, forerunner of the Internet.

  • The U.S. Supreme Court orders immediate desegregation, superseding the previous “with all deliberate speed” ruling.

  • 1964

    Thieves steal a jewel collection–including the world’s largest sapphire, the 565-carat “Star of India,” and the 100-carat DeLong ruby–from the Museum of Natural History in New York. The thieves were caught and most of the jewels recovered.

  • 1958

    David Remnick, journals, author, magazine editor (The New Yorker); won Pulitzer Prize for Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire (1994).

  • 1954

    Lee Child, author; creator of the Jack Reacher novel series.