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 31, would your number have been called?

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

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

What happened today


Congress ratifies the purchase of the entire Louisiana area in North America, adding territory to the U.S. which will eventually become 13 more states.

Famous birthdays


Ethel Waters, actress and blues singer.

more events on October 31

  • 2005

    Infanta Leonor of Spain, second in line of succession to the Spanish throne.

  • 2002

    Former Enron Corp. CEO Andrew Fastow convicted on 78 counts of conspiracy, money laundering, obstruction of justice and wire fraud; the Enron collapse cost investors millions and led to new oversight legislation.

  • 2000

    Soyuz TM-31 launches, carrying the first resident crew to the International Space Station.

  • 1999

    EgyptAir Flight 990 crashes into Atlantic Ocean killing all 217 people on board.

  • 1998

    Iraq announces it will no longer cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.

  • 1984

    Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated in New Delhi by two Sikh members of her bodyguard.

  • 1971

    Saigon begins the release of 1,938 Hanoi POW’s.

  • 1968

    The bombing of North Vietnam is halted by the United States.

  • 1961

    Larry Mullen Jr., musician; drummer for U2 band.

  • Sir Peter Jackson, New Zealand film director, producer, screenwriter (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit)

  • 1952

    The United States explodes the first hydrogen bomb at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific.

  • 1950

    Antonio Taguba, retired US Army major general best known for authoring the Taguba Report on abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq; Taguba is the second American citizen of Philippine birth to reach the rank of general in the US Army.

  • Jane Pauley, journalist; co-host of The Today Show (1976–1989) and Dateline NBC (1992–2003).

  • 1942

    David Ogden Stiers, actor; best known for his role as stuffy Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III on M*A*S*H* TV series (1977–1983).

  • 1941

    After 14 years of work, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial is completed.