April 1 – German terrestrial channel ZDF (pronounced tseht-day-ehf) began broadcasting.
May 15 – First television pictures transmitted from a US manned space capsule ("Faith 7"). Due to the poor picture quality, only NBC carries the transmission, and on tape-delay, not live.
July 22 – Bob Crane quits his DJ job at radio station KNX to become a regular on The Donna Reed Show after dividing time between the Screen Gems TV show and the CBS Radio affiliate. Crane had been a top five morning drive radio DJ since the mid-1950s in the Los Angeles market.
September 2 – CBS Evening News becomes network television's first half-hour weeknight news broadcast, when the show is lengthened from 15 to 30 minutes.
September 9 – NBC also expands its evening network news program to 30 minutes.
September 27 – The Littlest Hobo debuts on TV across North America with the first episode entitled "Blue Water Sailor".
September 30 – BBC Television begins using a globe as their symbol. They would continue to use it in varying forms until 2002.
October 1 – ABC News at last drops its dependence on outside sources of news film and begins to rely on its own camera crews.
November 22 – All three major U.S. networks start pre-emptions for a week following the news of John F. Kennedy's assassination. The pre-emptions unofficially begin a few minutes after Kennedy was shot; on the top-rated American soap operaAs the World Turns, Nancy Hughes (Helen Wagner) was in the middle of a discussion with Grandpa (Santos Ortega) about Bob's (Don Hastings) decision to invite Lisa (Eileen Fulton) to Thanksgiving dinner. Walter Cronkite interrupted Wagner mid-speech to deliver the bulletin. As the World Turns continued for one more scene (at that time, the show was transmitted live) before Cronkite cut in permanently. News of the assassination, and later the funeral procession, were the first television broadcasts across the Pacific Ocean (via Relay 1 satellite).
November 23 – UK BBC tvThat Was The Week That Was broadcasts its famous dramatic Kennedy tribute episode. William Hartnell stars in the very first episode of Doctor Who (An Unearthly Child). So many people complained of having missed it (because of the disruption to schedules caused by the assassination) that the following Saturday episode 1 was repeated before the broadcast of episode 2.