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This day in history an old mission in San Antonio was captured by Gen. Santa Anna. Although there is still debate over the facts surrounding the nearly 2-week-long siege, there is no doubt about what the battle has come to symbolize for Texas, according to The Alamo's website.

"People worldwide continue to remember the Alamo as a heroic struggle against impossible odds — a place where men made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. For this reason, the Alamo remains hallowed ground and the Shrine of Texas Liberty."

If you have time today, sit down and watch this documentary by The History Channel about the battle, or read more about the mission's history at The Alamo's website..