On this date in history, November 14th, 1889, pioneering female journalist Nellie Bly (aka Elizabeth Cochrane) began a successful attempt to travel around the world in less than 80 days. Her journey was an attempt to make the fictional story, Around The World In 80 Days (published 1873) a reality for the first time. The 25 year old completed the 24,899-mile trip in just seventy-two days, which was a world record at that time. She travelled the world by using steamships and the existing railroad systems and even stopped to buy a monkey in Singapore during the trip! She arrived back home on January 25, 1890.