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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 29, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted

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

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.

  • 1952

    French forces launch Operation Lorraine against Viet Minh supply bases in Indochina.

  • 1949

    Alonzo G. Moron of the Virgin Islands becomes the first African-American president of Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia.

  • 1948

    Kate Jackson, actress, director, producer (original Charlie’s Angels TV series, Scarecrow and Mrs. King TV series).

  • 1947

    Richard Dreyfuss, actor (American Graffiti, Jaws; won Academy Award for Best Actor for 1977’s The Goodbye Girl).

  • 1946

    Peter Green, guitarist, songwriter, founder of the band Fleetwood Mac; regarded as one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

  • 1945

    Melba Moore, disco and R&B singer, actress (“You Stepped into My Life,” “Lean on Me”).

  • The first ball-point pen goes is sold by Gimbell’s department store in New York for a price of $12.

  • 1943

    Don Simpson, film producer, screenwriter, actor; (co-producer Flashdance, 1985; Top Gun, 1986).

  • 1938

    Ralph Bakshi, Palestinian-American director of live films and animated full-length films for adults including 1972’s Fritz the Cat (first animated film to be rated X by the Motion Picture Association of America), Wizards (1977) and The Lord of the Rings (1978).

  • 1929

    Black Tuesday–the most catastrophic day in stock market history, the herald of the Great Depression. 16 million shares were sold at declining prices. By mid-November $30 billion of the $80 billion worth of stocks listed in September will have been wiped out.

  • 1927

    Russian archaeologist Peter Kozloff apparently uncovers the tomb of Genghis Khan in the Gobi Desert, a claim still in dispute.

  • 1921

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

  • 1910

    A. J. Ayer, English philosopher.

  • 1905

    Henry Green, novelist (Living, Party Going).

  • 1901

    Leon Czolgosz is electrocuted for the assassination of US President William McKinley. Czolgosz, an anarchist, shot McKinley on September 6 during a public reception at the Temple of Music in Buffalo, N.Y. Despite early hopes of recovery, McKinley died September 14, in Buffalo, NY.

  • 1897

    Joseph G. Göbbels, German Nazi Propaganda Minister who committed suicide in Hitler’s bunker.

  • 1891

    Fanny Brice, comedian, singer and actress.

  • 1882

    Jean Giraudoux, French dramatist, novelist and diplomat, famous for his book Tiger at the Gates.

  • 1814

    The Demologos, the first steam-powered warship, launched in New York City.

  • 1787

    Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni opens in Prague.

  • 1618

    Sir Walter Raleigh is executed. After the death of Queen Elizabeth, Raleigh’s enemies spread rumors that he was opposed the accession of King James.