(Tuesday, September 18, 1951) — The Day the Earth Stood Still, a science fiction film directed by Robert Wise and starring Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Sam Jaffe, and Hugh Marlowe, opened today in New York City. In the film, a humanoid alien visitor visits Earth with a warning, accompanied by the powerful robot, “Gort.”
(Monday, September 18, 1961, 12:12 a.m.) — Dag Hammarskjöld, Secretary-General of the United Nations, was killed today when his plane crashed while flying from Leopoldville in the Congo, to Ndola in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). He was on his way to negotiate a cease-fire with Moise Tshombe in the Katanga Province, which had seceded from the Congo. 15 fifteen others perished in the crash.
(Monday, September 18, 1961) — (Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame by Elvis Presley peaked at #5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart today for one week. It was recorded June 26, 1961, at RCA Studios in Nashville.
(Saturday, September 18, 1971, 9:30 p.m. ET) — After Mary produces a “What’s Your Sexual IQ?” documentary for the Six O’Clock News, Phyllis calls on Mary to teach Bess the facts of life on tonight’s episode of the CBS-TV sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
(Saturday, September 18, 1971) — Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers peaked today at #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for the first of two weeks (is ranked 280th on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time).