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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 26, 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

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

What happened today


Nineteen-year-old Bob Dylan makes his New York singing debut at Gerde's Folk City.

Famous birthdays


George Gershwin, composer who wrote many popular songs for musicals, along with his brother Ira.

more events on September 26

  • 2008

    Yves Rossy, a Swiss pilot and inventor, is the first person to fly a jet-powered wing across the English Channel.

  • 1997

    Two earthquakes strike Italy, causing part of the Basilica of St. Francis to collapse, killing four people and destroying much of the cycle of frescoes depicting the saint’s life.

  • 1984

    The UK agrees to transfer sovereignty of Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China.

  • 1983

    In the USSR Stanislav Petrov disobeys procedures and ignores electronic alarms indicating five incoming nuclear missiles, believing the US would launch more than five if it wanted to start a war. His decision prevented a retaliatory attack that would have begun a nuclear war between the superpowers..

  • 1977

    Israel announces a cease-fire on Lebanese border.

  • 1972

    Richard M. Nixon meets with Emperor Hirohito in Anchorage, Alaska, the first-ever meeting of a U.S. President and a Japanese Monarch.

  • 1969

    David Slade, director (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night).

  • The Beatles last album, Abbey Road, is released.

  • 1967

    Hanoi rejects a U.S. peace proposal.

  • 1961

    Nineteen-year-old Bob Dylan makes his New York singing debut at Gerde’s Folk City.

  • 1960

    Vice President Richard Nixon and Senator John F. Kennedy participate in the first nationally televised debate between presidential candidates.

  • 1955

    Carlene Carter, country-rock singer, songwriter, musician; daughter of June Carter, stepdaughter of Johnny Cash (“Keep It Out of Sight,” “Cool Reaction”).

  • The New York Stock Exchange suffers a $44 million loss.

  • 1953

    Dolores Keane, Irish folk singer; founding member of band De Dannan.

  • 1950

    General Douglas MacArthur‘s American X Corps, fresh from the Inchon landing, links up with the U.S. Eighth Army after its breakout from the Pusan Perimeter.