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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.

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.

  • 1934

    Ahmad Shah, Crown Prince of Afghanistan and heir apparent to the throne.

  • 1930

    Ray Charles, rhythm ‘n’ blues piano player and singer.

  • 1926

    John Coltrane, influential jazz saxophonist.

  • 1915

    Clifford G. Shull, physicist, improved techniques for exploring the atomic structure of matter.

  • 1912

    Mack Sennett’s first “Keystone Cop” film debuts, Cohen Collects a Debt.

  • 1911

    The Second International Aviation Meet opens in New York.

  • 1889

    Louise Nevelson, sculptor.

  • Walter Lippmann, journalist, one of the founders of The New Republic Magazine in 1914.

  • 1865

    Emmuska Orczy, baroness and author of The Scarlet Pimpernel.

  • 1864

    Confederate and Union forces clash at Mount Jackson, Front Royal and Woodstock in Virginia during the Valley campaign.

  • 1863

    Mary Church Terrell, educator and civil rights advocate.

  • 1838

    Victoria Claflin Woodhull, the first woman presidential candidate (1872) in the United States.

  • 1806

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

  • 1805

    Lieutenant Zebulon Pike pays $2,000 to buy from the Sioux a 9-square-mile tract at the mouth of the Minnesota River that will be used to establish a military post, Fort Snelling.

  • 1803

    British Major General Sir Arthur Wellesley defeats the Marathas at Assaye, India.

  • 1800

    William Holmes McGuffey, educator famous for his book Eclectic Readers.

  • 1795

    A national plebiscite approves the new French constitution, but so many voters sustain that the results are suspect.

  • 1788

    Louis XVI of France declares the Parliament restored.

  • 1779

    The American navy under John Paul Jones, commanding from Bonhomme Richard, defeats and captures the British man-of-war Serapis.

  • 1739

    The Austrians sign the Treaty of Belgrade after having lost the city to the Turks.

  • 1667

    Slaves in Virginia are banned from obtaining their freedom by converting to Christianity.

  • 1577

    William of Orange makes his triumphant entry into Brussels, Belgium.

  • 1561

    Philip II of Spain gives orders to halt colonizing efforts in Florida.

  • 1553

    The Sadians defeat the last of their enemies and establish themselves as rulers of Morocco.

  • 63

    Augustus Caesar, first Roman Emperor, who introduced Pax Romana, the era of peace.