Today in World War II History—March 1, 1940 & 1945
80 Years Ago—March 1, 1940: France institutes rationing: meat sold only 3 days per week, chocolate is rationed, and pastries are banned.
Native Son by Richard Wright is published.
75 Years Ago—Mar. 1, 1945: Manila Bay opens as an Allied port.
First US fighter plane makes an emergency landing on an airstrip on Iwo Jima.
US Navy Task Force 58 begins pre-invasion air strikes against Okinawa and sinks 13 ships.