On this Day in History in 1889: New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) begins her attempt to surpass fictitious journey of Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg by traveling around the world in under 80 days. She succeeds, finishing the trip in 72 days, 6 hours.
On this Day in History in 1869: 1st plastic, Celluloid, patented.
On this Day in History in 1722: Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia, ends tax on men with beards.
On this Day in History in 1889: George Eastman places Kodak Camera on sale for 1st time.
On this Day in History in 1896: The first modern Olympic Games began in Athens, Greece.