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
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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
Poor pooch! Dog gets botched 'lion cut' from groomer
Baby giraffe stands for the first time, live on webcam
Meet the pig who aces her dog training ham-work
Sweet pics of KLG, Hoda's pups for National Puppy Day!
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
Teacher's simple question to 3rd graders got the nation talking
How to stay sane when your child is sick
Mom of quintuplets: 'They're doing fabulous'
Should there be parental leave for kids' teen years?
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
Michael Bublé responds to 'body shaming' Instagram controversy
'Star Wars' trailer is a Force on the Internet
Gisele Bundchen takes last strut on catwalk
CEO on Hillary Clinton: 'A female shouldn't be president'
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
Study: Divorce may raise heart attack risk
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Guys Tell All message to women: Keep wearing yoga pants!
Lawyer's advice for dealing with loud, annoying neighbors
And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!