Modern India’s greatest political dynasty may have ended with the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, 46, in Sriperumpudur, India, on May 21. Prime Minister from 1984 until 1989. he was killed while campaigning to regain that post. A former airline pilot, Rajiv reluctantly entered politics following the assassination of his mother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, in 1984, four years after his politically ambitious younger brother, Sanjay, had died in a plane crash. Rajiv’s maternal grandfather was Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister from 1947 until his death in 1964.
To Americans he’s Stormin’ Norman, but to the English he’s now an Arabian knight. Say hello to Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Honorary Knight Commander in the Military Division of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath. Queen Elizabeth II invested the conquering hero with a knighthood—the highest honor Britain can bestow on a foreigner—on May 20 at Mac-Dill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla. Because he’s not British, Schwarzkopf, 56, did not receive the traditional tap on the shoulders with a sword and won I lie called Sir—except by his soldiers, of course.
When Harry Meets Retirement: After 15 years as a correspondent for CBS’s 60 Minutes, Harry Reasoner, 68, signed off as a regular on the May 19 broadcast. Though the stopwatch ticks on, the craggy-faced newsman with the midwestern twang plans to retire to Westport, Conn., and write. In 53 years as a journalist, Reasoner covered politics, civil wars and Ingrid Bergman on Casablanca. Here’s looking at you, Harry.
Feminist Molly Yard, 70ish, president of the National Organization for Women, suffered a stroke on May 15 while working late in her Washington, D.C., office. Staffers report that the activist hasn’t lost her bark because from her hospital bed, Yard has been urging colleagues to lobby Congress to vote in favor of the 1991 Civil Rights Act.
Ice Capades: Christopher Dean, 32, may have won an Olympic gold medal for skating to Bolero with partner Jayne Torvill, 33, in 1984, but on May 18 he married world ice-dance champion Isabelle Duchesnay, 27, in Quebec. Dean, who is British, and Duchesnay, who is Canadian, are honeymooning in Tahiti. Then she returns to Germany, where she is training for the 1992 Olympics, and Dean skates off to Australia for a professional tour with Torvill.
Thirty-tots: Timothy Busfield, 33 and better known as Elliot on the just-canceled thirtysomething, and his wife, Jennifer, 30, are expecting a second child, due in August. They already have a daughter, Daisy, 2, and Busfield has a son, Willy, 9, from his first marriage.