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From Today in Media History’s archives: In 1889, journalist Nellie Bly began a trip ‘around the world in 72 days’

Today in Media History is taking a break for the holidays. During that time, we’re sharing some popular posts from Today in Media History’s archives. This post originally ran on Nov. 14.

On November 14, 1889, journalist Nellie Bly (aka Elizabeth Cochran) began a successful attempt to travel around the world in less than 80 days.

She completed the trip with eight days to spare and soon wrote the book, “Around the World in Seventy-Two Days.”

“Nellie Bly was an American journalist known for her investigative and undercover reporting. She earned acclaim in 1887 for her exposé on the conditions of asylum patients at Blackwell’s Island in New York City, and achieved further fame after the New York World sent her on a trip around the world in 1889.

….she traveled around the world in an attempt to break the faux record of Phileas Fogg, the fictional title character of Jules Verne’s 1873 novel Around the World in Eighty Days, who, as the title denotes and the story goes, sails around the globe in 80 days.

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