14th Day of November

1889 – Nellie Bly begins the successful trip to travel around the world in less than 80 days

Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman, born Elizabeth Jane Cochran, May 5, 1864 to January 27, 1922, better known by her pen name Nellie Bly, was an American journalist, industrialist, inventor, and charity worker who was widely known for her record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days.

In 1888 Bly suggested to her editor at the New York World that she take a trip around the world, attempting to turn the fictional Around the World in Eighty Days (1873) into fact for the first time.

1889 – Nellie Bly begins the successful trip to travel around the world in less than 80 days
Nellie Bly

 A year later, at 9:40 a.m. on November 14, 1889, and with two days’ notice, she boarded the Augusta Victoria, a steamer of the Hamburg America Line, and began her 40,070 kilometre journey.

Just over seventy-two days after her departure from Hoboken, Bly was back in New York. She had circumnavigated the globe, travelling alone for almost the entire journey.

Extra Note: She took with her the dress she was wearing, a sturdy overcoat, several changes of underwear, and a small travel bag carrying her toiletry essentials.

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