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 22, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
  • 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 22

  • 1991

    Huntington Library makes the Dead Sea Scrolls available to the public for the first time.

  • 1980

    The Iran-Iraq War begins as Iraq invades Iran; lasting until August 1988, it was the longest conventional war of the 20th century.

  • 1975

    Sara Jane Moore attempts to assassinate US President Gerald Ford, the second attempt on his life in less than three weeks.

  • 1971

    Princess Martha Louise of Norway.

  • 1970

    President Richard M. Nixon signs a bill giving the District of Columbia representation in the U.S. Congress.

  • 1969

    Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants becomes the first baseball player since Babe Ruth to hit 600 home runs.

  • 1961

    President John Kennedy signs a congressional act establishing the Peace Corps.

  • 1959

    Saul Perlmutter, astrophysicist; shared 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for providing evidence the expansion of the universe is accelerating.

  • 1958

    Joan Jett, singer, songwriter, musician, producer, actress (“I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”).

  • 1956

    Debby Boone, multiple Grammy Award–winning singer, author, actress; “You Light Up My Life” set a a record in 1977 with 10 weeks at the No. 1 spot on music charts.

  • 1949

    James “Hoss” Cartwright, US Marine Corps general; commander of US Strategic Command 2004-07.

  • 1947

    A Douglas C-54 Skymaster makes the first automatic pilot flight over the Atlantic.

  • 1945

    President Harry Truman accepts U.S. Secretary of War Stimson’s recommendation to designate the war World War II.

  • 1939

    Junko Tabei, Japanese mountain climber; first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

  • 1933

    Fay Weldon, author (The Life and Loves of a She-Devil).

  • 1929

    Communist and Nazi factions clash in Berlin.

  • 1927

    Tommy Lasorda, manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team from 1975 to 1996.

  • 1919

    President Woodrow Wilson abandons his national tour to support the League of Nations when he suffers a case of nervous exhaustion.

  • 1918

    General Allenby leads the British army against the Turks, taking Haifa and Nazareth, Palestine.

  • 1915

    Xavier University, the first African-American Catholic college, opens in New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • 1914

    The German cruiser Emden shells Madras, India, destroying 346,000 gallons of fuel and killing only five civilians.

  • 1909

    David Riesman, sociologist, author of The Lonely Crowd.

  • 1906

    Race riots in Atlanta, Georgia leave 21 people dead.

  • 1902

    John Houseman, director, producer and actor.

  • 1893

    Bicycle makers Charles and Frank Duryea show off the first American automobile produced for sale to the public by taking it on a maiden run through the streets of Springfield, Massachusetts.

  • 1885

    Erich Von Stroheim, director, actor and screenwriter best known for Greed.

  • 1869

    The Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first professional baseball team, arrive in San Francisco after a rollicking, barnstorming tour of the West.

  • 1864

  • 1862

    President Abraham Lincoln issues a proclamation calling for all slaves within the rebel states to be freed on January 1, a political move that helps keep the British from intervening on the side of the South.

  • 1791

    Michael Faraday, English physicist, inventor of the dynamo, the transformer and the electric motor.

  • 1789

    Russian forces under Aleksandr Suvorov drive the Turkish army under Yusuf Pasha from the Rymnik River, upsetting the Turkish invasion of Russia.

  • 1788

    Theodore Hook, English novelist best known for Impromptu at Fulham.

  • 1776

    American Captain Nathan Hale is hanged as a spy by the British in New York City; his last words are reputed to have been, “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.”

  • 1711

    The Tuscarora Indian War begins with a massacre of settlers in North Carolina, following white encroachment that included the enslaving of Indian children.

  • 1694

    Philip Dormer Stanhope, statesman of letters.

  • 1656

    The General Provincial Court in session at Patuxent, Maryland, impanels the first all-woman jury in the Colonies to hear evidence against Judith Catchpole, who is accused of murdering her child. The jury acquits her after hearing her defense of never having been pregnant.

  • 1515

    Anne of Cleeves (born in Cleeves, Germany), fourth wife of Henry the VIII.