Chancellor Meisha Porter (302653)
Credit: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office photo

Black History Month begins with the theme “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.” Founding member of The Supremes, Mary Wilson, dies at age 76 from hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease at her home in Nevada.

Credit: Bill Moore photo

During the service of a warrant, a suspect kills two FBI agents and injures three others before barricading himself inside his home in Sunrise, Fla. The U.S. Senate votes 50–49 to pass a budget resolution that would allow Democrats to pass President Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief package without support from Republicans. The 50-50 tie-breaker vote is broken by Vice President Kamala Harris. Harlem community organizer Cornelius Ricks dies at age 65 from prostate cancer. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers win Super Bowl LV, defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 31–9. Mayor Bill de Blasio announces that more than 1 million people in the city have been vaccinated for COVID-19. Jazz keyboardist Chick Corea dies at age 79. Donald Trump is acquitted in his second impeachment trial. The city opens mass vaccination sites across the five boroughs. A major winter and ice storm hits parts of the nation. The storm causes major damage in Texas where power is lost for 3.5 million people. The storm kills 136 people. Indoor dining resumes in the city after ceasing for two months. Restaurants must adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols including a 25% capacity limit. Black theater company the New Federal Theatre marks 50 years. New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announces criminal charges against three suspended correctional police officers for their alleged roles in an incident where inmates were assaulted and seriously injured at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clifton. Pastor and televangelist Frederick K. C. Price dies at age 86. New Jersey becomes the 13th state to legalize marijuana as Gov. Phil Murphy signs the “New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act” into law. The bill legalizes and regulates cannabis use and possession for adults 21 years and older and decriminalizes marijuana and hashish possession. Public Advocate Jumaane Williams calls for the passage of his bill to create a three-digit hotline used for mental health emergencies, as an alternative to 911. The Supreme Court rejects a last-ditch attempt by Donald Trump to shield his financial records.

Malcolm X in 1964 Credit: Public Domain photo

A letter surfaces revealing that Ray Wood, an undercover police officer, confessed on his deathbed that the NYPD and the FBI conspired to assassinate civil rights activist/icon Malcolm X in February 1965 in Harlem. The United States becomes the first country to surpass 500,000 deaths from the virus. Flags in the U.S. are flown at half-mast for five days to remember those lost. The global death toll surpasses 2.5 million. Mark Anthony Morales, known as rapper “Prince Markie Dee” of rap group The Fat Boys, dies at age 52. New York City School Chancellor Richard Carranza announces he’s stepping down after three years on the job. Carranza says he lost more than 10 family members and friends to COVID-19 and needs time to grieve.

Executive superintendent for the Bronx Meisha Ross Porter replaces him, becoming the first Black woman to serve at the city’s public schools chancellor. Golf champion Tiger Woods is seriously injured in a car crash in California and undergoes surgery.The single shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine receives emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Playwright, actor, director, and theatrical producer Douglas Turner Ward dies at age 90. Middle school students in city school return to in-person learning. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is accused of sexual harassment by former aide Charlotte Bennett after alleging that he harassed her in 2020. Bennett is the second woman to accuse the governor. City officials announce that the Bedford Union Armory in Crown Heights, Brooklyn will be named after late former Congressman Major Robert Owens.

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  1. A news was printed in your newspaper February 5th 1966 the article was about barmaid of 7 killed by ex- boyfriend her name Betty Morse my mom date of her death is coming up I would like to known if a copy of that story can be e-mail to me I have been trying to pull it up with no Results

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