It was surely very different from our familiar world of today.
- Capital punishment was regular practice in almost 99% of human societies.
- Cannibalism was practised in Melanesia and the Pacific Islands.
- 90% of doctors in the USA had no college education
- Syphilis, which drove people crazy and killed them, was still incurable.
- The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
- Famine in Anhui province kills about 4 million.
- Confucius is raised to the same rank as Heaven and Earth, which are worshipped by the Emperor alone.
- The first World Vegetarian Congress founded in Manchester.
- The Secret Service Bureau, the first incarnation of MI5, was established in 1909 to combat Imperial Germany's espionage operations in the United Kingdom.
- Britain starts arms race in response to Germany’s plans to build four Dreadnought battleships.
- Construction of the world’s then largest passenger ship RMS Titanic begins in Belfast.
- the French disease in Italy and Germany,
- Italian disease in France
- Spanish disease by the Dutch
- Christian disease by the Turks
- British disease by the Tahitians
- Vaccination is compulsory in Japan.
- Census reveals that 5,6 persons live in each Japanese household and 11% live in cities.
- Prince Hirobumi Ito, former Prime Minister, the first resident-general of Korea, who opposed annexation, is assasinated by independence activist Ahn Jung-Geun and Korea is annexed by the Japanese Empire.
- Okhrana General Gerasimov reports to Czar Nikolai II that not a single revolutionary organization is still functioning in the Russian Empire.
- A bloody Bolshevik train robbery at Miass in the Urals nets 60,000 rubles and 24 kilograms of gold.
- Pyotr Stolypin, Prime Minister of Russia begins a campaign of repression of national minorities.
- The USA has its heaviest (136 kgs) white Republican president (William Howard Taft). His pursuit of world peace through his self-founded League to Enforce Peace and “Dollar diplomacy” was a disaster for him.
- Plastic, then called Bakelite, is invented from phenol and formaldehyde by Leo Hendrik Baekeland.
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People founded to end segregation and oppose lynching
- 95% of American babies were born at home.
- 90% of doctors in the USA had no college education as doctors went to medical school (many were attacked in the press as sub-standard). In Texas, a doctor coming to town only had to say he was a doctor, register with the health officer and start practising.
- Most American women only washed their hair about once a month using borax or egg yolks.
- Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health." - They advertised then.
- First woman drives motorcar across the USA. Alice Huyler Ramsey from Hackensack, New Jersey, with 3 non-driving companions drives 3800 miles from Manhattan to San Francisco in 59 days.