On this day in 1946, RKO Radio Pictures released a film adaptation of MacKinlay Kantor’s 1945 novella, Glory for Me, in movie theaters nationwide. Directed by William Wyler, the ensemble cast included Myrna Lloyd, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, and Harold Russell. On a budget that ranged from $2.1-3,000,000, The Best Years of Our Lives was able to make over $23,700,000 at the worldwide box office, becoming the highest-grossing release of that year. The film went on to win 7 Academy Awards (including Best Picture). In fact, Harold Russell also received an Honorary Oscar (for bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans through his appearance in the movie) in addition to his win for Best Supporting Actor. In the years since, The Best Years of Our Lives has gone on to be regarded as a classic, especially among William Wyler’s filmography.