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What The World Was Like The Last Time The Cubs Won The World Series

Ah, 1908...

The Ottoman Empire, the Austria-Hungary Empire, the Russian Empire, and Persia still existed.

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Wrigley Field did not exist.

This is what a car looked like.

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Teddy Roosevelt was the president of the United States.

The Eiffel Tower started sending radio messages over long distances.

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This is what Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine looked like.

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Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal was in utero.

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Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, was 2 months old.

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Bette Davis was 6 months old.

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Brooklyn's Tim Jordan led major league baseball with 12 home runs.

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White Sox pitcher Ed Walsh was tops with 40 wins.

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were on the run in Bolivia.

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Puyi, China's last true emperor, took the throne at age 2.

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Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler coined the term schizophrenia.

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An observatory built by Islamic astronomer Ulugh Beg in the 1400s was rediscovered in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

Thomas Selfridge had just become the first person to die in an airplane crash.

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The pilot, Orville Wright, survived.

Oil was discovered in the Middle East.


The rights to the deposit found in Masjid-al-Salaman, Persia (now Iran) were immediately acquired by a company that would later become BP (British Petroleum).

The Geiger counter was a new invention.

The 1908 Summer Olympics in London were wrapping up.

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And plans to build RMS Titanic had just been approved by White Star Line executives.

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