Around the world they went!

In November of 1889, two women set off to see if they could beat the record of Jules Verne’s imaginary hero, Phileas Fogg (who went around the world in 80 days). Nellie Bly, a reporter for the New York World, set off first, boarding the steamship Augusta Victoria and beginning her 40,070 kilometer journey eastward…
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“One slash of the sword:” the history of renaming a city

On September 6, 1991, Leningrad was renamed St. Petersburg by Russian legislators following the collapse of the Soviet Union.  The city had been known as Leningrad for 67 years, but in 1991, this question was put to Leningrad’s voters: "Do you wish to restore to our city its original name, St. Petersburg?"  Thus began one…
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