If you want to know what version that didn't have this was 1.7.3. The bug didn't start occurring until 1.8. Sadly, the only way I know is to play minecraft on 1.7.3. You can do this by using McNostalgia.
I'm having the same problem, but i think "MINE" is worse.... i don't know what i't is, maybe some of you personzzzs know... i have pics.. i have the 1.3.2 but i have now the 12w38b snapshot... but it hase bin that way since 1.2.5 or atleast forever!! plz help!
It's most likely caused by your Graphics card or processor. My old PC had an AMD Processor and my minecraft had lighting issues as a result. but when I upgraded to a Intel-based computer, the lighting issues disappeared.
I'm pretty sure it's a bug with the Minecraft lighting engine and certain GPUs like intel made ones. Like most others, I've had the problem ever since beta 1.8 and it still isn't fixed, but hey it might be with the new lighting engine in 1.4, or in the current snapshots.