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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 16, 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
    Not CalledNot drafted

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

more events on September 16

  • 2007

    Military contractors in the employ of Blackwater Worldwide allegedly kill 17 Iraqis in Baghdad’s Nisour Square, further straining relations between the US and the people of Iraq.

  • 1994

    Britain’s government lifts the 1988 broadcasting ban against member of Ireland’s Sinn Fein and Irish paramilitary groups.

  • 1991

    The trial of Manuel Noriega, deposed dictator of Panama, begins in the United States.

  • 1978

    An earthquake estimated to be as strong as 7.9 on the Richter scale kills 25,000 people in Iran.

  • 1975

    Administrators for Rhodes Scholarships announce the decision to begin offering fellowships to women.

  • 1974

    Limited amnesty is offered to Vietnam-era draft resisters who would now swear allegiance to the United States and perform two years of public service.

  • 1972

    South Vietnamese troops recapture Quang Tri province in South Vietnam from the North Vietnamese Army.

  • 1956

    David Copperfield, magician.

  • 1954

    Earl Klugh, jazz guitarist.

  • 1952

    Mickey Rourke, actor, screenwriter, professional boxer; won Golden Globe (The Wrestler, 2009).

  • 1950

    Henry Louis Gates Jr., critic and scholar.

  • The U.S. 8th Army breaks out of the Pusan Perimeter in South Korea and begins heading north to meet MacArthur’s troops heading south from Inchon.

  • 1948

    Rosemary Casals, pro tennis player whose efforts to gain greater equality for women in the sport led to many changes.

  • 1945

    Japan surrenders Hong Kong to Britain.

  • 1943

    James Alan McPherson, author; first African American to win Pulitzer Prize for fiction (Elbow Room, 1978).

  • 1942

    The Japanese base at Kiska in the Aleutian Islands is raided by American bombers.

  • 1940

    Congress passes the Selective Service Act, which calls for the first peacetime draft in U.S. history.

  • 1934

    Anti-Nazi Lutherans stage protest in Munich.

  • 1927

    Peter Falk, actor, best known for his role as detective Columbo in the TV series of the same name.

  • 1926

    John Knowles, writer; won first-ever William Faulkner Foundation Award (A Separate Peace, 1961).

  • 1925

    B.B. King, blues guitarist.

  • Charlie Byrd, jazz guitarist.

  • 1920

    Thirty people are killed in a terrorist bombing in New York’s Wall Street financial district.

  • 1908

    General Motors files papers of incorporation.

  • 1893

    Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, biochemist who isolated vitamin C.

  • Some 50,000 “Sooners” claim land in the Cherokee Strip during the first day of the Oklahoma land rush.

  • 1891

    Karl Doenitz, German Admiral who succeeded Adolf Hitler in governing Germany.

  • 1889

    Robert Younger, in Minnesota’s Stillwater Penitentiary for life, dies of tuberculosis. Brothers Cole and Bob remain in the prison.

  • 1885

    Karen Horney, psychoanalyst who exposed the male bias in the Freudian analysis of women.

  • 1875

    James Cash Penney, founder and owner of the J.C. Penny Company department stores.

  • 1864

    Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest leads 4,500 men out of Verona, Miss. to harass Union outposts in northern Alabama and Tennessee.

  • 1838

    James J. Hill, railroad builder.

  • 1810

    A revolution for independence breaks out in Mexico.

  • 1789

    Jean-Paul Marat sets up a new newspaper in France, L’Ami du Peuple.

  • 1747

    The French capture Bergen-op-Zoom, consolidating their occupation of Austrian Flanders in the Netherlands.

  • 1668

    King John Casimer V of Poland abdicates the throne.

  • 1620

    The Pilgrims sail from England on the Mayflower.