Today in History, January 25, 1890:
Courageous, Crusading journalist Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochran-Seaman) arrives home after traveling around the world in 72 days by ship, horse, rickshaw…any means necessary.
Nellie Bly (pen name) worked for the New York World, and had set out to prove that Jules Verne’s fictional Phileas Fogg could have traveled “Around the World in 80 Days.”
Her adventures were covered by Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World through her dispatches on her journey, articles upon her return, and in the novel she would write.
Before her around the world odyssey, Ms. Bly had already made a name for herself by going undercover to expose the practices at a Women’s Insane Asylum. She would complete numerous other exposes into other realms as well during her career.