TODAY's Takeaway: September 11 Museum opens; Tara the hero cat wins hearts
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
Dale Earnhardt Jr., anchors revs up for NASCAR coverage
Donald Trump defiant as NBC severs ties with him
Kendall Jenner breaks sister Kim's Instagram record
Slow down: You have an extra second today!
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
Wallaby is surrogate mom to tree kangaroo
Wrangler takes a road trip to Boston
How to safely travel with your pet
KLG, Hoda reveal top 3 winners of World's Ugliest Dog contest
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
Readers slam Elle Décor for 'offensive' essay
How to DIY Fourth of July fun for your kids
Amazing rock-climbing baby climbed walls before she could walk
17 adorable ways to hold a baby
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
Apple launches music streaming service
#LoveWins the Internet after Supreme Court ruling
Tall blogger poses as NBA draftee, is hilarious
Internet 'saved' by Obama's rendition of 'Amazing Grace'
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
Men say women's homes need fewer pillows, more video games
More women are keeping their maiden names
Nature or nurture? Twin studies provide answers
Is Binder the anti-Tinder? App can break up with someone for you
And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!