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|December 18th, 2007||Event||Progress on upcoming novel, Revolver Evolver begin by Nicholas Ortiz, a Los Angeles-based writer.|
|December 18th, 2002||Event||2003 California recall: Then Governor of California Gray Davis announces that the state would face a record budget deficit of $35 billion, roughly double the figure reported during his reelection campaign one month earlier.|
|December 18th, 1999||Event||NASA launches into orbit the Terra platform carrying five Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS and MOPITT.|
|December 18th, 1997||Event||HTML 4.0 is published by the World Wide Web Consortium.|
|December 18th, 1996||Event||The Oakland, California school board passes a resolution officially declaring "Ebonics" a language or dialect.|
|December 18th, 1989||Event||The European Community and the Soviet Union sign an agreement on trade and commercial and economic cooperation.|
|December 18th, 1987||Event||Larry Wall releases the first version of the Perl programming language.|
|December 18th, 1987||Event||Ivan Boesky is sentenced to three years in prison for insider trading.|
|December 18th, 1973||Event||Soviet Soyuz Programme: Soyuz 13, crewed by cosmonauts Valentin Lebedev and Pyotr Klimuk, is launched from Baikonur in the Soviet Union.|
|December 18th, 1972||Event||Vietnam War: President Richard Nixon announces that the United States will engage North Vietnam in Operation Linebacker II, a series of Christmas bombings, after peace talks collapsed with North Vietnam on the 13th.|
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