1540: Francisco Vazquéz de Coronoado's expedition sets out into the North American southwest in search of the rumored Seven Golden Cities of Cibola.

1574: Catholic France embarks on its "Fifth Holy War" against the Hugeunots.

1778: Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben arrives at Valley Forge, New Jersey, and offers his services to Gen. George Washington's Continental Army.

1836: The Siege of the Alamo begins.

1847: Although outnumbered three to one, Brig. Gen. Zachary Taylor proves too rough and ready for Gen. António López de Santa Anna to beat at Buena Vista.

1943: After defeating the U.S. II Corps, German forces pull back from Kasserine Pass, Tunisia.

1945: In Operation Grenade, the U.S. Ninth Army crosses Germany's Ruhr River. Also this year, in an iconic scene, the U.S. Marines raise the American flag atop Mount Suribachi. From there, they still have to spend a bloody month fighting their way down the other side and the rest of Iwo Jima.