1988: Ray Mabus becomes Mississippi’s sixtieth governor

Mabus served from 1988 to 1992.

1988: National Space Technology Laboratories in Hancock County renamed Stennis Space Center

The change was made to honor Mississippi Senator John C. Stennis, who was a strong supporter of the space program.

1988: Congress passes National Indian Gaming Act

The act legalized gambling as a way to bring in desperately needed money.

June 1988: John Grisham publishes first novel, A Time to Kill

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