On this day: October 29

Published On: Oct 28 2012 10:43:56 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 29 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

The Red Cross is formed, the New York Stock Exchange crashes on "Black Tuesday," Cassius Clay fights for the first time, John Glenn returns to space, and Sandy slams the East Coast, all on this day.

OTD October 29 - WWII draft
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1940: The lottery for the first World War II draftees is held in Washington, D.C., with Secretary of War Henry Stimson drawing from a fish bowl filled with capsules containing papers with the numbers 1 through 7,836 printed on them. The first number drawn and read by President Franklin Roosevelt was No. 158, with 6,175 young men across the country holding that number. All the men holding that number were brought in first by their local draft boards to be considered for service, with men holding the numbers that followed in the lottery brought in after them until the services had their fill.

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