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 18, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
    246
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
    333
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
    104
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
    289

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


What happened today

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.

Famous birthdays

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.

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.