During a time when American women didn’t even have the right to vote, journalist Nellie Bly didn’t let anything hold her back. On this day in 1890, Bly completed her record-breaking trip around the globe that lasted 72 days. Bly conceived of the stunt after reading Jules Verne’s novel “Around the World in Eighty Days”, believing that she could beat the main character’s record of 80 days by at least a week. She was right. Bly started her journey in New York City, and made stops in Paris, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong before making her victorious return just 72 days after her initial departure.
“Energy rightly applied and directed will accomplish anything.” - Nellie Bly —