1908 in Pop Culture, AKA The Last Time the Chicago Cubs Won a World Series Title

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Prior to Wednesday night, the Chicago Cubs hadn’t won a World Series title in 108 years. Here’s what pop culture was like when Hall of Famers like Frank Chance, Johnny Evers, Joe Tinker, and Mordecai Brown won it all back in Game Five at Detroit’s Bennett Park. Spoiler alert: The Beatles weren’t yet a thing.

“Take Me Out to the Ballgame” had just debuted

Claude Debussy was still making new music

The same goes for Sergei Rachmaninoff

Also Igor Stravinsky

One of the most popular singers was “Billy” Murray

billy murray 1908 in Pop Culture, AKA The Last Time the Chicago Cubs Won a World Series Title

Who would later be falsely credited for leading the Haydn Quartet on “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”

D.W. Griffith made his first short film, The Adventures of Dollie

Thomas Edison — you know, the inventor of the lightbulb — formed the Motion Picture Patents Company

thomas edison 1908 in Pop Culture, AKA The Last Time the Chicago Cubs Won a World Series Title

The Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum was still writing its sequels and appearing in early stage adaptations

oz 1908 in Pop Culture, AKA The Last Time the Chicago Cubs Won a World Series Title

The lost silent horror film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde marked the first adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 novel

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Kenneth Grahame published The Wind in the Willows

wind willows 1908 in Pop Culture, AKA The Last Time the Chicago Cubs Won a World Series Title

Robert Baden-Powell published Scouting for Boys, tipping off the Boy Scout movement

scouting 1908 in Pop Culture, AKA The Last Time the Chicago Cubs Won a World Series Title

The Christian Science Monitor was first published

monitor 1908 in Pop Culture, AKA The Last Time the Chicago Cubs Won a World Series Title

Jack Johnson became the first African-American heavyweight boxing champion

jack johnson boxer 1908 in Pop Culture, AKA The Last Time the Chicago Cubs Won a World Series Title

Figure skating was first held at the Summer Olympics, 16 years before the inaugural Winter Olympic games

figure skating 1908 in Pop Culture, AKA The Last Time the Chicago Cubs Won a World Series Title

The disastrous Tunguska event happened near Krasnoyarsk Krai, Siberia, believed to be an explosion from a stray meteorite or a comet (or see: The X-Files)

tunguska1 1908 in Pop Culture, AKA The Last Time the Chicago Cubs Won a World Series Title

Henry Ford produced the first Model T automobile

1908 ford model t photo 1908 in Pop Culture, AKA The Last Time the Chicago Cubs Won a World Series Title

The R.M.S. Titanic was referred to as ship 401 and existed only as a drawing

rms titanic 1908 in Pop Culture, AKA The Last Time the Chicago Cubs Won a World Series Title

Jimmy Stewart was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania

jimmy stewart 1908 in Pop Culture, AKA The Last Time the Chicago Cubs Won a World Series Title

Bette Davis was born in Lowell, Massachusetts

bette davis 1908 in Pop Culture, AKA The Last Time the Chicago Cubs Won a World Series Title

Ian Fleming was born in London, England

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Joan Crawford was born in San Antonio, Texas

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Oskar Schindler was born in Moravia, Austria-Hungary

oskar 1908 in Pop Culture, AKA The Last Time the Chicago Cubs Won a World Series Title

Lyndon B. Johnson was born in Stonewall, Texas

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And so was Burgess Meredith in Cleveland, Ohio!

rocky burgess meredith 1908 in Pop Culture, AKA The Last Time the Chicago Cubs Won a World Series Title

Adolf Hitler was rejected for a second time from the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts

hitler 1908 in Pop Culture, AKA The Last Time the Chicago Cubs Won a World Series Title

The real-life Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were reportedly killed

 1908 in Pop Culture, AKA The Last Time the Chicago Cubs Won a World Series Title

Theodore Roosevelt was finishing up his second presidential term

roosevelt 1908 in Pop Culture, AKA The Last Time the Chicago Cubs Won a World Series Title

Warming the seat for William Taft, who would win the 31st quadrennial presidential election

William Howard Taft Speaking

Women were prohibited from voting

anti suffrage 1908 in Pop Culture, AKA The Last Time the Chicago Cubs Won a World Series Title

African-Americans were prohibited from voting in some states and faced discriminating obstacles

It gets better: There were no vaccines for diphtheria, tuberculosis, tetanus, or yellow fever

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And penicillin wouldn’t be discovered for another 20 years

penicillin 1908 in Pop Culture, AKA The Last Time the Chicago Cubs Won a World Series Title

As Billy Corgan might say…

Click ahead to see what this article might have looked like had Cleveland won.

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