On this day: July 12

POSTED: 10:05 AM MDT Jul 09, 2012    UPDATED: 12:00 AM MDT Jul 12, 2013 
E.T. movie image, Henry Thomas

The Medal of Honor is authorized, The Cos and a favorite toy are both born, Walter Mondale makes a historic choice, and "E.T." breaks box office records, all on this day.