Television & Movies
- Hey Cinderella! makes its US premiere on ABC, April 10
- Sesame Street Season 2 begins on PBS, November 9
- The Great Santa Claus Switch on CBS, December 20
- Canada's Sesame Street begins airing
- The Muppets perform "Octopus' Garden" on The Ed Sullivan Show, March 1
- The Muppets perform "Come Together" on The Ed Sullivan Show, April 12
- Kermit performs "What Kind of Fool Am I?", with interruptions from Grover, on The Ed Sullivan Show, May 31
- Bert and Cookie Monster appear at Fairyland to celebrate the parks 20th anniversary, August 29-30.
- Grover performs his Near and Far routine on The Tonight Show
- Tyler Bunch is born, February 10
- Fran Brill joins Sesame Street
- Richard Hunt joins Muppets, Inc.
- Jerry Nelson joins Muppets, Inc. full-time
- Matt Vogel is born, October 6
- Heather Henson is born, December 19
- Big Bird appears on the cover of Time magazine, November 23
- Muppets and Ed Sullivan appear on the cover of TV Guide, December 12
- "Rubber Duckie" reaches number 16 on Billboard's "Hot 100 Singles" chart
- "The Sesame Street Book & Record" peaks at number at #23 on Billboard's Top LPs chart, and was certified Gold (sales of 500,000 copies) by the RIAA.
Muppet Character Debuts
- The Great Santa Claus Switch: Thig, Thog, Snake Frackle, Snarl (early Gonzo), Boppity, Gloat, Scoff, Snivelly (early Droop), Miss Kitty, various blue Snerfs
- Sesame Street: Herry Monster, Sherlock Hemlock, Simon Soundman, Herbert Birdsfoot, Granny Fanny Nesselrode, Farley, Lefty the Salesman, Roosevelt Franklin, Roosevelt Franklin's Mother
- Hey Cinderella!: Featherstone