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 September 12, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • 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


Despite his failed efforts to suppress the American Revolution, Lord Cornwallis is appointed governor general of India.

Famous birthdays


Maurice Chevalier, singer, dancer and actor.

more events on September 12

  • 2011

    In New York City, the 9/11 Memorial Museum opens to the public.

  • 2007

    Joseph Estrada, former president of the Philippines, is convicted of plunder.

  • 2003

    UN lifts sanctions against Libya in exchange for that country accepting responsibility for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988 and paying recompense to victims’ families.

  • 1992

    Space Shuttle Endeavor takes off on NASA’s 50th shuttle mission; its crew includes the first African-American woman in space, the first married couple, and the first Japanese citizen to fly in a US spacecraft.

  • 1990

    East and West Germany, along with the UK, US and USSR—the Allied nations that had occupied post-WWII Germany—sign the final settlement for reunification of Germany.

  • 1981

    Jennifer Hudson, singer, actress; numerous awards include a Grammy (Jennifer Hudson, 2008), and Oscar, Golden Globe and British Academy awards (Dreamgirls, 2006).

  • 1980

    Military coup in Turkey.

  • 1977

    Steve Biko, a South African activist opposing apartheid, dies while in police custody.

  • 1969

    President Richard Nixon orders a resumption in bombing North Vietnam.

  • 1956

    Richard “Ricky” Rudd, known as the “Iron Man” of NASCAR racing; he holds the record for the most consecutive NASCAR starts.

  • Brian Robertson, singer, songwriter, musician (Thin Lizzy, Motorhead, Wild Horses bands).

  • 1949

    Charles “Chic” Burlingame III, pilot of American Airlines Flight 77, that was hijacked and flown into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, by terrorists.

  • 1945

    French troops land in Indochina.

  • 1944

    American troops fight their way into Germany.

  • 1943

    Michael Ondaatje, Canadian novelist and poet (The English Patient).