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February 23, 1950 (Thursday)
February 23, 1950: Asteroid 1950 DA discovered, 970 years before its possible impact with Earth
- United Kingdom general election, 1950: The Labour Party, led by Clement Attlee, lost heavily in the House of Commons, dropping 78 MPs from 393 seats to 315 of the 617 available, while Winston Churchill's Conservative Party increased its share from 197 to 282. Attlee was able to form a new government and continue as Prime Minister.
- Asteroid 1950 DA was first discovered by astronomers only five million miles from Earth, then tracked for 17 days as the distance increased. On December 31, 2000, the last day of the 20th Century, it would be seen again and measured as 0.7 miles in diameter. The trajectory of 1950 DA was calculated by NASA's Near Earth Object Program from the two appearances, and the asteroid will make its closest approach to Earth on March 16, 2880, with a chance of 1 in 300 of a collision, the highest probability so far noted of any possible impact.