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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 January 11, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted

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

more events on January 11

  • 2003

    Illinois Gov. George Ryan commutes the death sentences of 167 prisoners on the state’s death row in the wake of allegations that Chicago police detective and commander Jon Burge tortured confessions from some 200 suspects over a 19 year period.

  • 1994

    The Irish Government announces an end to a 15-year ban on broadcasting by the IRA and its political branch, Sinn Fein.

  • 1980

    Honda announces it will build the first Japanese-owned passenger-car assembly plant in the United States–in Ohio.

  • 1964

    A collection of previously unexhibited paintings by Pablo Picasso are displayed for the first time in Toronto.

  • 1952

    Ben Crenshaw, pro golfer; nicknamed “Gentle Ben,” he won the Masters Tournament in 1984 and 1995.

  • 1949

    Negotiations in China between the Nationalists and Communists open as Tientsin is virtually lost to the Communists.

  • 1948

    President Harry S. Truman proposes free, two-year community colleges for all who want an education.

  • 1943

    Jim Hightower, radio host, author, social activist; created concept of the “Doug Jones Average”—how is “Doug Jones” (i.e., your neighbor) doing financially—as a better measure of the economy than the Dow Jones Average.

  • The Soviet Red Army encircles Stalingrad.

  • 1942

    Japan invades the Dutch East Indies at Borneo.

  • 1941

    Adolf Hitler orders forces to be prepared to enter North Africa to assist the Italian effort, marking the establishment of the Afrika Korps.

  • 1940

    Benjamin O. Davis, Sr., becomes the U.S. Army’s first black general, his son would later become a general as well.

  • 1934

    The German police raid the homes of dissident clergy in Berlin.

  • 1931

    Rod Taylor, actor (The Birds).

  • 1923

    The French enter the town of Essen in the Ruhr valley, to extract Germany’s resources as war payment.

  • 1916

    Russian General Yudenich launches a WWI winter offensive and advances west.

  • 1904

    British troops massacre 1,000 dervishes in Somaliland.

  • 1903

    Alan Patton, South African novelist (Cry, the Beloved Country).

  • 1887

    At Fort Smith, Arkansas, hangman George Maledon dispatches four victims in a multiple hanging.

  • 1864

    H. George Selfridge, founder of Selfridge and Co., Ltd., coined the phrase “the customer is always right.”

  • 1862

    Lincoln accepts Simon Cameron’s resignation as Secretary of War.

  • 1861

    Alabama secedes from the Union.

  • 1843

    Francis Scott Key, author of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” dies in Baltimore.

  • 1757

    Alexander Hamilton, first U.S. Secretary of Treasury, killed in a duel with Aaron Burr.

  • 49

    Julius Caesar leads his army across the Rubicon River, plunging Rome into civil war.