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Bly, Nellie

Born: 1864 AD
Died: 1922 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Adventurers, Authors, Journalist

1864 – Born on the 5th day of May this year in Cochran’s Mills, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, and forty miles northeast of Pittsburgh.


1880 – Her family moved to Pittsburgh.


1887 – She left the Pittsburgh Dispatch in this year for New York City.


1888 – She suggested to her editor at the New York World that she take trip around the world, mimicking Jules Verne’s book Around the World in Eighty Days.


1889 – She left New York on her 24,899-mile journey.


1890 – Arrived in New York. At the time this was a world record for circling the earth, though George Francis Train, who completed the journey in 67 days, bested it a few months later.


1894 – Married millionaire manufacturer Robert Seaman this year, which at 72 was forty-four years her senior.


1904 – Invented and patented the steel barrel that was the model for the 55-gallon drum still in widespread use in the United States. Her husband also died this year.


1922 – She died of pneumonia at St. Mark’s Hospital on 27th of January in New York City this year, at age 57.