This Day in History

Nov. 14, 1889: Nellie Bly Embarks on Travel Around the World

Time Periods: Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899
Themes: Labor, Media, Women's History
Nellie Bly | Zinn Education Project

Source: Library of Congress, c1890.

On Nov. 14, 1889, pioneering journalist Nellie Bly (aka Elizabeth Cochrane) began a successful attempt to travel around the world in less than 80 days.

As a reporter, Bly sided with the poor and the disenfranchised, as when she went to Chicago in 1894 to cover the Pullman Strike from the perspective of the strikers.

She also had herself committed to a mental institution so that she could do undercover reporting and expose the cruel conditions.

Contemporary advocates for independent media: Project Censored, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting, and Democracy Now!.