- Margaret Sugden dies at Emmerdale Farm in Beckindale.
- February, Jack Sugden leaves Beckindale for London, leaving Ruth Harker pregnant.
- April, Tom Merrick and Ruth Harker marry at St Mary's, Beckindale when she is 2 months pregnant.
- 2 November, Jackie Merrick is born in Hotten General Hospital to Ruth Merrick and Jack Sugden.
- Eric Pollard marries his first wife Eileen Pollard (nee Unknown).
- Harold Birch has a gay relationship with friend Lawrence White. The scandal rocks Beckindale and Lawrence is imprisoned.
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