In my month and year of birth (April, 1963), what I found fascinating was that the NBA and NHL championships were determined by month's end. Now those finals don't end until the middle of June.
Retired in late 2008 at age 45. Cashed in company stock, bought a lot of shares in a big bond fund and am living nicely off its dividends. IRA, SS, and a pension await me at age 60 and later. No kids, no debts.
"I want my money working for me instead of me working for my money!"