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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 23, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
  • 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


The Lewis and Clark Expedition arrives back in St. Louis just over three years after its departure.

Famous birthdays


Mary Church Terrell, educator and civil rights advocate.

more events on September 23

  • 2004

    Hurricane Jeanne causes severe flooding in Haiti; over 1,000 reported dead.

  • 2002

    The first public version of Mozilla Firefox browser released; originally called Phoenix 0.1 its name was changed due to trademark issues with Phoenix Technologies.

  • 1992

    Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) detonates 3,700-lb. bomb in Belfast, completely destroying the Northern Ireland forensic laboratory, injuring 20 people and damaging 700 houses.

  • 1983

    Gulf Air Flight 771 from Karachi, Pakistan, to Abu Dhabi, UAE, bombed; all 117 aboard die.

  • Gerrie Coetzee (Gerhardus Coetzee), boxer from South Africa; becomes the first boxer from the African continent to win a world heavyweight tittle (World Boxing Association).

  • 1973

    Juan Peron is re-elected president of Argentina after being overthrown in 1955.

  • 1967

    Soviets sign a pact to send more aid to Hanoi.

  • 1961

    William “Willie” McCool, American astronaut; among those killed when Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates while reentering Earth’s atmosphere (2003).

  • 1954

    East German police arrest 400 citizens as U.S. spies.

  • 1952

    Richard Nixon responds to charges of a secret slush fund during his ‘Checkers Speech.’

  • 1949

    Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen, singer, songwriter, musician (“Born to Run,” “Born in the U.S.A”); his multiple awards include 20 Grammys, two Golden Globes, and an Oscar, the latter for “Streets of Philadelphia” (1994).

  • 1947

    Mary Kay Place, Emmy-winning actress (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman), singer.

  • 1945

    The first American dies in Vietnam during the fall of Saigon to French forces.

  • 1943

    Julio Iglesia, singer, songwriter with more than 2,600 certified gold and platinum records (“To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before,” “Summer Wind”).

  • 1936

    Valentin Corazao, Interim President of Peru (2000-01) after Pres. Alberto Fujimori was removed from office by Congress.