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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 30, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    CalledDrafted
    38
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
    332
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
    CalledDrafted
    87
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
    346

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


What happened today

1985

Space Shuttle Challenger lifts off for its final successful mission.

Famous birthdays

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.

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.