March 8, 1945 – Phyllis Mae Daley receives a commission in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. She will become the first African-American nurse to serve duty in World War II.
March 9, 1862 – The Battle of Hampton Roads between the ironclads U.S.S. Monitor and C.S.S. Virginia ends in a draw.
March 1, 1803 — Ohio admitted to the Union
February 19, 1945, at 08:59, one minute ahead of schedule, the first of an eventual 30,000 Marines of the 3rd Marine Division, the 4th Marine Division, and the new 5th Marine Division, making up the V Amphibious Corps, landed on the beach at Iwo Jima.