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Well Done, Nellie Bly, Who Set Out to Circle the Globe on This Day in 1889

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On Nov. 14, 1889, Nellie Bly, one of the world’s first female reporters, embarked on an ambitious mission to circle the globe. 


Newseum visitors on a school trip to Washington, D.C. can see the satchel she carried during her around-the-world trek in the News History Gallery.


Her goal was to travel the globe in less time than Phileas Fogg, the hero of Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in Eighty Days. According to the Newseum, it was her "attempt to dazzle readers and keep Joseph Pulitzer’s No. 1 daily on top of the newspaper world. Bly’s popularity spawned books, a board game and trading cards about her trip."


For more from the Newseum about Nellie's adventures, read Around the World with Nellie Bly.


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