1990: Mississippi Gaming Control Act passed by legislature

Under its provisions, gambling was legal on the Gulf Coast and along the Mississippi River if the voters in the eligible counties approved it. Casinos had to be located on navigable waterways, not on land.

December 5, 1990: Hancock County becomes first county to approve dockside gambling

December 14, 1990: Hinds County grand jury indicts Byron De La Beckwith for murder in slaying of Medgar Evers

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