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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 18, 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 18

  • 2009

    The US television soap opera The Guiding Light broadcasts its final episode, ending a 72-year run that began on radio.

  • 1998

    ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is formed to coordinate unique identifying addresses for Websites worldwide.

  • 1980

    Cosmonaut Arnaldo Tamayo, a Cuban, becomes the first black to be sent on a mission in space.

  • 1977

    Voyager I takes first photo of Earth and the Moon together.

  • 1975

    Patty Hearst, granddaughter of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, is kidnapped by violent radical group SLA (Symbionese Liberation Army); she will later take part in some of the group’s militant activities and will be captured by FBI agents.

  • 1973

    East and West Germany and The Bahamas are admitted to United Nations.

  • 1971

    Lance Armstrong (Lance Gunderson), cyclist; won record 7 Tour De France titles but was stripped of them and banned from competitive cycling for life after it was determined he had used performance-enhancing drugs.

  • 1964

    U.S. destroyers fire on hostile targets in Vietnam.

  • 1961

    James Gandolfini, actor; won three Emmys, two Golden Globes and three Screen Actors Guild Awards (crime boss Tony Soprano in The Sopranos).

  • UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold is killed in a plane crash while attempting to negotiate peace in the Congo.

  • 1960

    Two thousand cheer Fidel Castro’s arrival in New York for the United Nations session.

  • 1951

    Dr. Benjamin Solomon Carson, Sr., African-American neurosurgeon.

  • 1948

    Margaret Chase Smith becomes the first woman elected to the Senate without completing another senator’s term when she defeats Democratic opponent Adrian Scolten. Smith is also the only woman to be elected to and serve in both houses of Congress.

  • 1939

    Frankie Avalon, singer (“Venus”) , actor (The Alamo), playwright; teen idol of 1950s-60s.

  • A German U-boat sinks the British aircraft carrier Courageous, killing 500 people.

  • 1934

    The League of Nations admits the Soviet Union.

  • 1929

    Charles Lindbergh takes off on a 10,000 mile air tour of South America.

  • 1926

    Joe Kubert, comic book artist (Sgt. Rock, Hawkman), inducted into Harvey Awards’ Jack Kirby Hall of Fame (1907) and Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame (1998); founder of The Kubert School.

  • 1923

    Queen Anne of Romania.

  • 1914

    The Irish Home Rule Bill becomes law, but is delayed until after World War I.

  • 1912

    Maria de la Cruz, journalist, woman’s suffrage advocate; the first woman ever elected to Chile’s Senate (1953).

  • 1911

    Russian Premier Pyotr Stolypin dies four days after being shot at the Kiev opera house by socialist lawyer Dimitri Bogroff.

  • 1908

    Viktor Hambardzumyan, a Soviet Armenian scientist who was among the founders of theoretical astrophysics.

  • 1905

    Greta Garbo, actress nominated for Oscars for her roles in Anna Christie and Ninotcha.

  • 1895

    John G. Diefenbaker, prime minister of Canada from 1957 to 1963.

  • 1874

    The Nebraska Relief and Aid Society is formed to help farmers whose crops were destroyed by grasshoppers swarming throughout the American West.

  • 1863

    Union cavalry troops clash with a group of Confederates at Chickamauga Creek.

  • 1862

    After waiting all day for a Union attack which never came at Antietam, Confederate General Robert E. Lee begins a retreat out of Maryland and back to Virginia.

  • 1850

    Congress passes the second Fugitive Slave Bill into law (the first was enacted in 1793), requiring the return of escaped slaves to their owners.

  • 1839

    John Aitken, physician and meteorologist.

  • 1830

    Tom Thumb, the first locomotive built in the United States, loses a nine-mile race in Maryland to a horse.

  • 1827

    John Townsend Trowbridge, poet and author of books for boys, wrote the Jack Hazzard and Toby Trafford series.

  • 1819

    Leon Foucault, French physicist.

  • 1793

    George Washington lays the foundation stone for the U.S. Capitol.

  • 1759

    Quebec surrenders to the British after a battle which sees the deaths of both James Wolfe and Louis Montcalm, the British and French commanders.

  • 1758

    James Abercromby is replaced as supreme commander of British forces after his defeat by French commander the Marquis of Montcalm at Fort Ticonderoga during the French and Indian War.

  • 1709

    Samuel Johnson, English lexicographer, essayist, poet and moralist.