January 2 –
A ban on radio and television cigarette advertisements goes into effect in the United States.
January 12 – The landmark television sitcom All In The Family, starring Carroll O’Connoras Archie Bunker, debuts on CBS.
January 24 – The Guinean government sentences to death 92 Guineans who helped Portuguese troops in the failed landing attempts in November 1970; 72 are sentenced to hard labor for life; 58 of the sentenced are hanged the next day.
- December 1 – Cambodian Civil War: Khmer Rouge rebels intensify assaults on Cambodian government positions, forcing their retreat from Kompong Thmar and nearby Ba Ray, 10 kilometers northeast of Phnom Penh.
- The U.S. dollar is devalued for the second time in history.
- December 24
- December 25
- December 29 – The United Kingdom gives up its military bases in Malta.