The famed Battle of the Alamo was toward the end of the Texas Revolution — a sort of pivot just before the last battle. But at the revolution’s beginning, the siege of Béxar played out in almost the opposite way.
In the early century in Germany, Emmy Noether pursued a career in mathematics, despite many obstacles in her path. She became one of the most respected members of her field, and developed mathematical theory that's still important today.
The Disunited States Of America (if Manifest Destiny had never caught on).
When a French pastry chef complained to King Louis-Phillippe that his shop in Mexico was destroyed in a riot, it catalyzed a conflict between the two nations. But the military action of the Pastry War was really about a trade agreements and unpaid debts.