This Week in History: May 20-24

By Claudine Zap

Levi's jeans get a patent, infamous outlaws Bonnie and Clyde are killed, and the Brooklyn Bridge opens to the public. Plus, an epic movie makes its debut. See what happened this week in history.


This is a 1850s photograph of Levi Strauss, who originated the denim blue jeans that bear his first name. Strauss emigrated from Bavaria with his family to New York City in 1847. In 1953 he built a clothing factory in San Francisco, supplying tough denim wear for miners. (AP Photo)
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This is a 1850s photograph of Levi Strauss, who originated the denim blue jeans that bear his first name. Strauss emigrated from Bavaria with his family to New York City in 1847. In 1953 he built a clothing factory in San Francisco, supplying tough denim wear for miners. (AP Photo)
In this Feb. 4, 2011 photo, Levi's jeans are displayed at Costco in Mountain View, Calif. Cotton has more than doubled in price over the past year, reaching the highest since the Civil War and the price of other synthetic fabrics has jumped almost just as much as demand for alternatives and blends has risen. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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In this Feb. 4, 2011 photo, Levi's jeans are displayed at Costco in Mountain View, Calif. Cotton has more than doubled in price over the past year, reaching the highest since the Civil War and the price of other synthetic fabrics has jumped almost just as much as demand for alternatives and blends has risen. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
The bullet-riddled automobile in which the bandits, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, were trapped, shot and killed on a Louisiana road is seen May 24, 1934. Officers waited for the desperados near Arcadia, La., and pumped 167 bullets into the car. (AP Photo)
CLYDE BARROW'S CAR
The bullet-riddled automobile in which the bandits, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, were trapped, shot and killed on a Louisiana road is seen May 24, 1934. Officers waited for the desperados near Arcadia, La., and pumped 167 bullets into the car. (AP Photo)
This is an undated photo of bandits Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. (AP Photo)
BONNIE AND CLYDE
This is an undated photo of bandits Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. (AP Photo)
This is an undated photo of Frank Hammer, who led the posse of officers that shot and killed Clyde Barrow, and his companion, Bonnie Parker, on May 23, 1934. (AP Photo)
FRANK HAMMER
This is an undated photo of Frank Hammer, who led the posse of officers that shot and killed Clyde Barrow, and his companion, Bonnie Parker, on May 23, 1934. (AP Photo)
Officers of the New York and Brooklyn Corporation, and workmen, inspect the cable anchorage on the Brooklyn side of the Brooklyn Bridge during construction, Oct. 1878. (AP Photo)
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Officers of the New York and Brooklyn Corporation, and workmen, inspect the cable anchorage on the Brooklyn side of the Brooklyn Bridge during construction, Oct. 1878. (AP Photo)
Pedestrians stroll along the promenade of the Brooklyn Bridge, connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York City, 1891. The suspension bridge was opened to traffic on May 24, 1883. When bridge designer John A. Roebling incorporated the promenade into the design of the bridge, he said it was important that the people take part in the leisures afforded by the bridge. (AP Photo)
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Pedestrians stroll along the promenade of the Brooklyn Bridge, connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York City, 1891. The suspension bridge was opened to traffic on May 24, 1883. When bridge designer John A. Roebling incorporated the promenade into the design of the bridge, he said it was important that the people take part in the leisures afforded by the bridge. (AP Photo)
** FILE ** In this June 7, 1977 file photo, theater goers wait in lines in front of the Avco Center Theater in Los Angeles to see "Star Wars." (AP Photo, file)
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** FILE ** In this June 7, 1977 file photo, theater goers wait in lines in front of the Avco Center Theater in Los Angeles to see "Star Wars." (AP Photo, file)

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