Nominated by President Clinton, Mabus was the second Mississippian to serve as an ambassador from the United States to a foreign country.
1994: Former governor Ray Mabus becomes U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia
1994: Thad Cochran named Mississippi Conservationist of the Year by Ducks Unlimited
1994: Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians opens the Silver Star Casino on their reservation in Neshoba County, which is exempt from state law
February 5, 1994: Panola County jury sitting in Jackson convicts Byron De La Beckwith
He was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Medgar Evers.