Reporter who, in 1889, tried to beat the record of fictional character Phileas Fogg, from Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days, by traveling around the world in 72 days. Backed by the New York World newspaper, she circumnavigated the globe in just over 72 days, traveling alone for most of the time. The journey caused a worldwide sensation, with people betting upon the precise moment she would reach her stops. Her special train, provided by the AT&SF railway and given right-of-way over other traffic, stopped in Albuquerque for two minutes on January 22 1890. She was met by the mayor and other dignitaries who were surprised by the quick departure of the train, which made a short stop outside of town to allow them off.