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December 18th, 2007 (December 18 2007)EventProgress on upcoming novel, Revolver Evolver begin by Nicholas Ortiz, a Los Angeles-based writer.
December 18th, 2002 (December 18 2002)Event2003 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 (December 18 1999)EventNASA launches into orbit the Terra platform carrying five Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS and MOPITT.
December 18th, 1997 (December 18 1997)EventHTML 4.0 is published by the World Wide Web Consortium.
December 18th, 1996 (December 18 1996)EventThe Oakland, California school board passes a resolution officially declaring "Ebonics" a language or dialect.
December 18th, 1989 (December 18 1989)EventThe European Community and the Soviet Union sign an agreement on trade and commercial and economic cooperation.[1]
December 18th, 1987 (December 18 1987)EventLarry Wall releases the first version of the Perl programming language.Larry Wall Quotes
December 18th, 1987 (December 18 1987)EventIvan Boesky is sentenced to three years in prison for insider trading.
December 18th, 1973 (December 18 1973)EventSoviet Soyuz Programme: Soyuz 13, crewed by cosmonauts Valentin Lebedev and Pyotr Klimuk, is launched from Baikonur in the Soviet Union. Bede Quotes
December 18th, 1972 (December 18 1972)EventVietnam 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.
December 18th, 1969 (December 18 1969)EventCapital punishment in the United Kingdom: Home Secretary James Callaghan s motion to make permanent the Murder (Abolition of Death Penalty) Act 1965, which had temporarily suspended capital punishment in England, Wales and Scotland for murder (but not for all crimes) for a period of five years, is carried by both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.James Callaghan Quotes
December 18th, 1966 (December 18 1966)EventSaturn s moon Epimetheus is discovered by Richard L. Walker.
December 18th, 1961 (December 18 1961)EventIndonesia invades Netherlands New Guinea.
December 18th, 1944 (December 18 1944)EventWorld War II: 77 B-29 Superfortress and 200 other aircraft of U.S. Fourteenth Air Force bomb Hankow, China, a Japanese supply base.
December 18th, 1941 (December 18 1941)EventJapan invades Hong Kong after British governor of Hong Kong, Mark Aitchison Young refuses to surrender to Japanese forces.
December 18th, 1935 (December 18 1935)EventThe Lanka Sama Samaja Party is founded in Ceylon.
December 18th, 1932 (December 18 1932)EventThe Chicago Bears defeat the Portsmouth Spartans 9-0 in the first ever NFL Championship Game. Because of a blizzard, the game was moved from Wrigley Field to the Chicago Stadium, the field measuring 80 yards long.
December 18th, 1916 (December 18 1916)EventWorld War I: The Battle of Verdun ends when forces under Chief of Staff Erich Von Falkenhayn suffers 337,000 casualties by the French.
December 18th, 1915 (December 18 1915)EventU.S. President Woodrow Wilson marries Edith Bolling Galt Wilson.
December 18th, 1900 (December 18 1900)EventThe Upper Ferntree Gully to Gembrook Narrow-gauge (2 ft 6 in or 762 mm) Railway (now the Puffing Billy Railway) in Victoria, Australia is opened for traffic.
December 18th, 1898 (December 18 1898)EventGaston de Chasseloup-Laubat sets the new land speed record going 39.245 mph, in a Jeantaud electric car. This is the first recognized land speed record.
December 18th, 1888 (December 18 1888)EventRichard Wetherill and his brother in-law discover the ancient Indian ruins of Mesa Verde.
December 18th, 1878 (December 18 1878)EventJohn Kehoe, the last of the Molly Maguires is executed in Pennsylvania.
December 18th, 1865 (December 18 1865)EventThe Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified by Georgia, fulfilling the two-thirds requirement for ratification, and abolishing Slavery in the United States.
December 18th, 1862 (December 18 1862)EventAmerican Civil War: In the Battle of Lexington, General Nathan Bedford Forrest defeats a Union force under Colonel Robert Ingersoll.
December 18th, 1793 (December 18 1793)EventSurrender of the frigate La Lutine by French royalists to Lord Hood; renamed HMS Lutine, she later becomes a famous treasure wreck.
December 18th, 1787 (December 18 1787)EventNew Jersey becomes the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
December 18th, 1777 (December 18 1777)EventThe United States celebrates its first Thanksgiving, celebrating the recent victory by the Americans over General John Burgoyne in the Battle of Saratoga in October
December 18th, 1642 (December 18 1642)EventAbel Tasman becomes first European to land in New Zealand.
December 18th, 1620 (December 18 1620)EventThe Mayflower lands in present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts delivering 102 Pilgrims.
December 18th, 1271 (December 18 1271)EventKublai Khan renames his empire "Yuan" (? yuan), officially marking the start of the Yuan Dynasty of China.
December 18th, 0218 (December 18 0218)EventSecond Punic War: Battle of the TrebiaHannibal s Carthaginian forces defeat those of the Roman Republic.

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