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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 September 04, 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 September 4

  • 1998

    Google founded by Stanford University students Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

  • 1981

    Beyonce Knowles, singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, producer; won five Grammy Awards for Dangerously in Love album (2003) and six for I am … Sasha Fierce (2008).

  • 1978

    Wes Bentley, actor (American Beauty, The Hunger Games).

  • 1975

    Sinai II Agreement between Egypt and Israel pledges that conflicts between the two countries “shall not be resolved by military force but by peaceful means.”

  • 1972

    Mark Spitz becomes first Olympic competitor to win 7 medals during a single Olympics Games.

  • 1971

    Ione Skye, actress (Say Anything … ).

  • 1967

    Operation Swift begins as US Marines engage North Vietnamese Army troops in Que Son Valley.

  • 1962

    Shinya Yamanaka, Japanese physician and researcher; received Nobel Prize for his discovery that mature cells can be converted to stem cells (2012); awarded Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences (2013).

  • 1958

    Dr. Drew (David Drew Pinsky), syndicated radio talk show (Loveline) and television host (Dr. Drew, Lifechangers).

  • 1957

    Arkansas governor Orval Faubus calls out the National Guard to bar African-American students from entering a Little Rock high school.

  • 1951

    The first transcontinental television broadcast in America is carried by 94 stations.

  • 1945

    The American flag is raised on Wake Island after surrender ceremonies there.

  • 1944

    British troops liberate Antwerp, Belgium.

  • 1943

    Allied troops capture Lae-Salamaua, in New Guinea.

  • 1942

    Soviet planes bomb Budapest in the war’s first air raid on the Hungarian capital.

  • 1941

    German submarine U-652 fires at the U.S. destroyer Greer off Iceland, beginning an undeclared shooting war.

  • 1935

    Charles A. Hines, US Army major general.

  • 1934

    Sir Clive William John Granger, British economist who received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.

  • 1931

    Mitzi Gaynor, actress, singer, dancer (film adaptations of There’s No Business Like Show Business, South Pacific).

  • 1927

    John McCarthy, computer and cognitive scientist who coined the term “artificial intelligence.”

  • 1924

    Joan Delano Aiken, author of supernatural fiction and alternative history novels for children; won Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize (The Whispering Mountain), an Edgar Allen Poe Award (Night Fall) and an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for her contributions to children’s literature.

  • 1920

    Maggie Higgins, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize (1951) for international reporting, for her work in Korean war zones.

  • Craig Claiborne, food critic and cookbook author.

  • 1918

    Paul Harvey, radio commentator.

  • 1915

    The U.S. military places Haiti under martial law to quell a rebellion in its capital Port-au-Prince.

  • 1908

    Richard Wright, novelist best known for Native Son.

  • 1905

    Mary Renault (Mary Challans), author who wrote about her wartime experiences in The Last of the Wine and The King Must Die.

  • 1893

    Beatrix Potter sends a note to her governess’ son with the first drawing of Peter Rabbit, Cottontail and others. The Tale of Petter Rabbit is published eight years later.

  • 1886

    Elusive Apache leader Geronimo surrenders to General Nelson A. Miles at Skeleton Canyon, Ariz.

  • 1881

    The Edison electric lighting system goes into operation as a generator serving 85 paying customers is switched on.

  • 1870

    A republic is proclaimed in Paris and a government of national defense is formed.

  • 1862

    Robert E. Lee‘s Confederate army invades Maryland, starting the Antietam Campaign.

  • 1846

    Daniel Hudson Burnham, architect and city planner.

  • 1820

    Czar Alexander declares that Russian influence in North America extends as far south as Oregon and closes Alaskan waters to foreigners.

  • 1804

    USS Intrepid explodes while entering Tripoli harbor on a mission to destroy the enemy fleet there during the First Barbary War.

  • 1790

    Jacques Necker is forced to resign as finance minister in France.

  • 1787

    Louis XVI of France recalls parliament.

  • 1781

    Los Angeles, first an Indian village Yangma, is founded by Spanish decree.

  • 1768

    Vicomte François René de Chateaubriand, French writer and chef who gave his name to a style of steak.

  • 1479

    After four years of war, Spain agrees to allow a Portuguese monopoly of trade along Africa’s west coast and Portugal acknowledges Spain’s rights in the Canary Islands.

  • 1260

    At the Battle of Montaperto in Italy, the Tuscan Ghibellines, who support the emperor, defeat the Florentine Guelfs, who support papal power.