Nellie Bly's birthday celebrated by Google with musical doodle

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: May 05, 2015 10:30 IST

The 151st birth anniversary of trailblazing American journalist Nellie Bly was marked by Google with a musical doodle on Tuesday.

Elizabeth Jane Cochran, who wrote under the pseudonym Nellie Bly, is considered a pioneer of investigative journalism. She was born in Pittsburgh on May 5, 1864.

Bly wrote a scathing letter to the editor to protest a misogynistic article in the Pittsburg Dispatch. Her letter impressed the paper’s editor so much that he offered her a job and Cochrane began to use the pen name Nellie Bly.

She developed a reputation as a defender of the marginalised, covering slums, conditions for working girls and even getting expelled from Mexico for exposing official corruption.

In an effort to emulate the characters of Jules Verne's acclaimed novel, Bly undertook to travel around the world in 80 days for the New York World newspaper in 1889.

She managed to do the journey in 72 days, even meeting Verne in Amiens, France. Her book Around the World in Seventy-Two Days became a bestseller.

Bly was also America’s first female war correspondent and covered World War I from Austria.

She died on January 27, 1922 due to pneumonia.

Watch: Nellie Bly's 151st Birthday Google Doodle

(Inputs taken from Nellie Bly's official site:

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