It hasbeen 71 years since the last World Series trip for theCubs. Back in 1945,World War II was coming to an end, the cost of a gallon of gas was 15 cents,and hurricanes didn’t have names. That was then, and this is now the Cubs are back in the Fall Cla sic, looking to put anend to the Curse of the Billy Goat.No team in the four major pro sports hasever gone longer without an appearance in their sports’ championship game than the Cubs’ drought. The wait for the Cubs’ next world championship is three decades longer: 108 years, to be exact.SPECTOR: Lots has changed since ’45, tooTo give you some perspective on how long that has been,Orval Overall was the winning pitcher the last time the Cubs won the World Series in 1908. The losing pitcher in Game 5 against the Tigers? Wild Bill Donovan.Chicago Cubs 1908 mascot was horrifying; po sibly a giant squirrel. Historical Images (@Historicalmages) June 29, 2015Here are some other interesting historical milestones since the Cubs last won it all.1.Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas A. Watson conducted the first telephone conversation.2.Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Oklahomaand New Mexico were added to the Union.3.Both radio and televisionwere invented.4.Halley’s Comet pa sed Earth,twice.5.The NHL (1917), NFL (1920) and NBA (1946) were all formed.MORE: Last living member of ’48 Indians not happy with franchise6.Insulin was invented.7.Eleven MLB teams moved to different cities.8. TheYankees have won 27 World Series.9.Harry Caray was Jordan Zimmermann Jersey born, and died.10.The Cubs have had 52 managers.But that was then, and this is now the 2016 preseason favorites are four wins away from throwing this history le son out the window.Game 1 of the World Series begins Tuesday in Cleveland.