1. To mark the official opening of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum Thursday, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani joined Matt to talk about his experience seeing the project completed.
“It was very, very profound, very emotional — much more than I thought,” he said.
Rudy Giuliani: 9/11 museum 'profound, emotional'Play Video
Caught on camera: Small plane crashes into Connecticut home
Shocking video shows tiger grab woman at park; another woman killed
Dallas police: 3-year-old dies in hot car in church parking lot
All eyes on Bernie Sanders amid DNC drama
2. Turns out the hero cat who stole hearts by saving a boy from a dog attack in a now-viral video is actually very mellow.
"I think that dog did not know what hit him,” the boy’s (and cat’s) parents told TODAY.
Hero cat's family tells how she took on dogPlay Video
Meet puppies up for adoption during 'Clear the Shelters' event
Puffin Awesome! New Iceland attraction lets you snorkel with the adorable birds
Watch playful manatee latch on to paddleboard
This French bulldog just keeps swimming - without water
3. The parents of some super-smart children explained how they sent seven of their kids to college by age 12.
"We didn't have this great plan,'' mom Mona Lisa Harding told Matt Lauer. “It just kind of happened.”
Family sends their 7 kids to college by age 12Play Video
Stop summer brain drain: Keep your kids active with butterfly gardens, more
Summer family fun: Outdoor gadgets for kids of all ages
Kathie Lee and Celine Dion share sincerely about losing loved ones
Celine Dion to KLG: My late husband Rene lives on in my heart
4. It’s Throwback Thursday! Or, as Matt explained, it's “Humiliate the Hosts Day!”
The anchors offered a blast from the past, showing off their graduation pictures. TODAY fans joined in on Twitter and Facebook with #CapAndGown.
Matt, Al, Natalie reveal graduation photosPlay Video
#PrayForNice trends worldwide following terror attack in France
Dog scared of fireworks is soothed by iPad
Dad dresses daughter in overalls… but forgets her shirt!
Ticketmaster vouchers: Why some customers aren't happy with free tickets
5. Maria Shriver introduced TODAY viewers to a sweet Texas couple who both have Down syndrome and have been best friends since childhood — now they are beating the odds and getting married.
“I want to marry her because I love her. She's my very own best friend,” Austin Underwood told Shriver.
Down syndrome couple find love against all oddsPlay Video
How many partners means you're promiscuous? KLG, Hoda say…
Similar drinking habits lead to happier couples, study says
6 things NOT to do on a date
KLG: How would my kids react if I dated a younger guy?
And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!