In 2016 Cubs won the World Series for the first time since 1908. That's 108 years, which was the longest championship drought of any North American sport. It is so long between Cubs championships that the world had seen many significant events and changes within that timeframe. The following list the historical events, discoveries, inventions, achievements, and inaugurations that occurred in chronological order between 1908 and 2016.

The following list the comparisons in the years when the Cubs' championship drought begins and ends.

1908 2016
# of MLB teams 16 30
# of MLB postseason rounds 1 4
# of inductees in MLB Hall of Fame 0 314
Average MLB ticket price 25¢ $44.81
# of U.S. states 46 50
U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt Barack Obama
U.S. population 89 million 324 million
U.S. life expectancy 51 years 79 years
# of sovereign states 65 195
World population 1.7 billion 7.4 billion
Atmospheric CO2 level 298 ppm 403 ppm
# of known chemical elements 85 118

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