U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt announces the first few serial numbers as they are drawn in the 1940 draft lottery
United States USA Date:1940, October 29 Duration:4 min 12 sec Sound:Yes
The first draft lottery conducted under the 1940 Selective Service Act. . U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt standing at a podium in the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, in Washington DC. Members of his cabinet standing nearby. People seated on chairs. A glass container filled with encapsulated draft numbers sits on a table. An official blindfolds Henry L. Stimson, Secretary of War, who then draws the first draft number from the glass container. Secretary of Treasury, Henry Morgenthau, Jr. draws the second number, which the President reads aloud, as number 192. Blindfolded next is Attorney General, Robert H. Jackson, who picks the number 8,239, which is read aloud by President Roosevelt. Finally, Secretary of the Navy, Frank Knox, picks the third number (6,620) which the President also reads aloud. A large blackboard displays the first 25 numbers as they are drawn, beginning with the first (158) and ending with the 25th (4,861). Members of the audience applaud.
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