Milestones

DIED V.P. Singh, 77, was Prime Minister of India from 1989 to '90. His decision to reserve a fixed percentage of public-sector jobs for India's lower castes sparked riotous protests--and cemented his reputation among the poor as "India's Mandela."

• Ibrahim Nasir, 82, served as the first President of the Maldives from 1968 to '78 after leading the movement that secured the island nation's independence from Britain.

• George Docherty, 97, was a pastor whose 1954 sermon before President Dwight D. Eisenhower eventually led to the insertion of the phrase "under God" into the Pledge of Allegiance. Docherty said the words...

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