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Nellie Bly: Around the World in 72 Days

Washington Carnegie Public Library
Sep 11, 2023

Born Elizabeth Jane Cochrane (1864-1922), a pioneer of investigative journalism who is better known by her nom de plume,"Nellie Bly," became famous for her exposé of the New York City Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell's Island. On November 14, 1889, Cochrane began a solo trip around the world inspired by the fictional character Phileas Fogg from the 1873 Jules Verne novel "Around the World in Eighty Days" -- completing her own trip on January 25, 1890 in the record-breaking time of 72 days, six hours, 11 minutes, & 14 seconds.

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