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Friday, January 25, 2008

Nelly Bly

One hundred and eighteen years ago on January 25, 1890, journalist and adventurer Nelly Bly completed her circumnavigation of the globe in 72 days. This feat bested the fictional journey of Phileas Fogg and Passepartout in Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days, which had been published 17 years earlier.

Bly, who was born Elizabeth Jane Cochran in 1871, gained world fame for the trip and was featured on a game “Around the World With Nelly Bly” and on Victorian trading cards.

Browse these books for more on Bly:

Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist by Brooke Kroeger

Nellie Bly: Reporter for the World by Martha Kendall

Or check out these Web sites:

PBS "Around the World in 72 Days"

New York City Women's Biograpphy Hub - Nellie Bly

National Women's Hall of Fame -- Nellie Bly

Eighteen members of Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition were the first to circumnavigate the globe in 1522. Do you know what other early explorers went completely around the world? Let us know.

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