Three major events from history that occurred on Dec. 29:

*In 1607 Indian chief Powhatan spares John Smith’s life after the pleas of his daughter Pocahontas.

*In 1849 gas lighting is installed in the White House.

*In 1921 Sears Roebuck president Julius Rosenwald pledges $20 million of his personal fortune to help Sears through hard times.