December 18, 1787 (231 years ago)
•New Jersey becomes the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

December 18, 1987 (31 years ago)
•Larry Wall releases the first version of the Perl programming language.

December 18, 1996 (22 years ago)
•The Oakland, California school board passes a resolution officially declaring "Ebonics" a language or dialect.

December 18, 1997 (21 years ago)
•HTML 4.0 is published by the World Wide Web Consortium.