On this day in 1942, MGM premiered a film adaptation of Jan Struther's 1940 novel, Mrs. Miniver, in Los Angeles, California. Directed by William Wyler, the cast included Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, May Whitty, Reginald Owen, Henry Travers, Richard Ney, and Henry Wilcoxon. On a budget of $1.34 million, the movie managed to make over $8.9 million at the worldwide box office, becoming the highest-grossing release of that year. Mrs. Miniver not only went on to win 6 Academy Awards (including Best Picture). but it also became the first film centered on World War II to have won the top prize and to have received 5 Oscar nominations for acting.