January 19 – CBS launches Operation 100, an all-out campaign to discredit NBC and all it stands for, using the slogan "The man can't bust our network."
March 7 – The "eclipse of the century" is covered by all three American networks.
March 16 – The FCC's "Miami channel 10 case" comes to a definite end as the station becomes WPLG.
March 26 – The first privately owned television station in Thailand, Channel 3, opens in Bangkok.
May 31 - WAPI-TV 13 in Birmingham ends nine years of dual affiliation with NBC and CBS, becoming an exclusive affiliate of NBC, and WBMG 42 in Birmingham, WCFT-33 in Tuscaloosa and WHMA-40 in Anniston affiliate exclusively with CBS. Previously, Channels 33, 40 and 42 aired programming from NBC and CBS that was not aired on Channel 13.
October 14 – The first Turkish television series Kaçaklar was released.
December 25 – Pluto's Christmas Tree is broadcast on BBC1, the first complete Mickey Mouse cartoon to be shown on television in colour.
In a cliffhanger on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow, businessman Sam Reynolds is believed to be dead after he perished in Africa. One of the first "exotic" deaths for a soap opera character, it was in tune with actorRobert Mandan's wish to leave the show.
February 17 – McCloud pilot on NBC (–1977); The series becomes a regular show the following fall as part of Four in One
March 30 – Soap opera Somerset on NBC (–1976), while fellow soaps A World Apart (1970–1971) and The Best of Everything (1970) debut on ABC (It marks the last time multiple soaps premiere on the same day in the US)