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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 17, 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.

What happened today


Germany's "Red Baron," Manfred von Richthofen, wins his first aerial combat.

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Marquis Marie Jean de Condorcet, French mathematician and philosopher, a leading thinker in the Enlightenment.

more events on September 17

  • 2011

    Occupy Wall Street movement calling for greater social and economic equality begins in New York City’s Zuccotti Park, coining the phrase “We are the 99%.”

  • 2006

    Alaska’s Fourpeaked Mountain erupts for the first time in at least 10,000 years.

  • 2001

    The New York Stock Exchange reopens for the first time since the September 11 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers; longest period of closure since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

  • 1983

    Vanessa Williams becomes the first black Miss America; relinquished crown early after scandal over nude photos.

  • 1980

    Nationwide independent trade union Solidarity established in Poland.

  • 1978

    Egypt and Israel sign the Camp David Accords.

  • 1976

    The Space Shuttle is unveiled to the public.

  • 1968

    Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece.

  • 1962

    The first federal suit to end public school segregation is filed by the U.S. Justice Department.

  • 1959

    The X-15 rocket plane makes its first flight.

  • 1957

    The Thai army seizes power in Bangkok.

  • 1953

    Altaf Hussain, founder and leader of Pakistan’s Muttahida Qaumi Movement.

  • Steve Williams, drummer and songwriter with influential Welch heavy metal group Budgie.

  • 1948

    John Ritter, actor, comedian (Three’s Company TV series).

  • 1947

    Jeff MacNelly, political cartoonist, creator of the comic strip Shoe.