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 30, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • 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 30

  • 2005

    The rebuilt Dresden Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) that was destroyed during the firebombing of Dresden in WWII is rededicated.

  • 1991

    BET Holdings Inc., becomes the first African-American company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • 1985

    Space Shuttle Challenger lifts off for its final successful mission.

  • 1975

    Prince Juan Carlos becomes acting head of state in Spain, replacing the ailing dictator Gen. Francisco Franco.

  • 1974

    The “Rumble in the Jungle,” a boxing match in Zaire that many regard as the greatest sporting event of the 20th century, saw challenger Muhammad Ali knock out previously undefeated World Heavyweight Champion George Foreman.

  • 1973

    The Bosphorus Bridge is completed at Istanbul, Turkey, connecting Europe and Asia over the Bosphorus Strait.

  • 1970

    Tory Belleci, filmmaker and model maker known for his work on the Mythbusters TV series; also worked on two Star Wars films.

  • 1965

    US Marines repeal multiple-wave attacks by Viet Cong within a few miles of Da Nang where the Marines were based; a sketch of Marine positions was found on the body of a 13-year-old boy who had been selling the Americans drinks the previous day.

  • 1961

    The USSR detonates “Tsar Bomba,” a 50-megaton hydrogen bomb; it is still (2013) the largest explosive device of any kind over detonated.

  • 1953

    US Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower formally approves a top secret document to maintain and expand the country’s nuclear arsenal.

  • 1950

    The First Marine Division is ordered to replace the entire South Korean I Corps at the Chosin Reservoir area.

  • 1945

    Henry Winkler, actor, director, producer; rose to fame as “The Fonz” on Happy Days TV series, a role that twice earned him a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy.

  • 1941

    The U.S. destroyer Reuben James, on convoy duty off Iceland, is sunk by a German U-boat with the loss of 96 Americans.

  • 1939

    Grace Slick, singer, songwriter; lead singer for the bands The Great Society, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and Starship.

  • 1938

    H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds is broadcast over the radio by Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre. Many panic believing it is an actual newscast about a Martian invasion.

  • 1936

    Dick Vermeil, head coach of the National Football League’s Philadelphia Eagles (1976–1982), St. Louis Rams (1997–1999), and Kansas City Chiefs (2001–2005).

  • 1930

    Clifford “Brpwnie” Brown, influential jazz trumpeter and composer (“Joy Spring,” “Daahoud”).

  • 1925

    Scotsman John L. Baird performs first TV broadcast of moving objects.

  • 1922

    Mussolini sends his black shirts into Rome. The Fascist takeover is almost without bloodshed. The next day, Mussolini is made prime minister. Mussolini centralized all power in himself as leader of the Fascist party and attempted to create an Italian empire, ultimately in alliance with Hitler’s Germany.

  • 1918

    Turkey signs an armistice with the Allies, agreeing to end hostilities at noon, October 31.

  • The Italians capture Vittorio Veneto and rout the Austro-Hungarian army.

  • 1915

    Fred W. Friendly, president of CBS News and co-creator of the documentary series See It Now, the program largely credited for bringing down Sen. Joe McCarthy.

  • 1906

    Hermann Fegelein, SS general of WWII who was brother-in-law to Adolf Hitler’s mistress Eva Braun.

  • 1905

    The czar of Russia issues the October Manisfesto, granting civil liberties and elections in an attempt to avert the burgeonng supprot for revolution.

  • 1899

    Two battalions of British troops are cut off, surrounded and forced to surrender to General Petrus Joubert’s Boers at Nicholson’s Nek.

  • 1896

    Ruth Gordon, Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe–winning actress (Harold and Maude, Rosemary’s Baby).

  • 1885

    Ezra Pound, American poet who promoted Imagism, a poetic movement stressing free phrase rather than forced metric. He was imprisoned for his pro-Fascist radio broadcasts.

  • 1882

    William F. “Bull” Halsey, Jr., American admiral who played an instrumental role in the defeat of Japan during World War II. The Japanese surrender was signed on his flagship, the USS Missouri.

  • 1871

    Paul Valery, poet and essayist.

  • 1857

    Gertrude Atherton, novelist.

  • 1839

    Alfred Sisley, landscape painter.

  • 1838

    Oberlin Collegiate Institute in Lorian County, Ohio becomes the first college in the U.S. to admit female students.

  • 1751

    Richard Sheridan, playwright (The Rivals, The School for Scandal).

  • 1735

    John Adams, second president of the United States who helped draft the Declaration of Independence and the Treaty of Paris, ending the American Revolution.

  • 1697

    The Treaty of Ryswick ends the war between France and the Grand Alliance.

  • 1485

    Henry VII of England crowned.

  • 1270

    The Seventh Crusade ends by the Treaty of Barbary.