On this day in history, Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis received a patent to create rivet-reinforced denim work pants. The result: blue jeans. Jeans have long since become a popular and oft-worn staple in casual outfits across the globe. In fact, denim and “casual” go pretty much hand in hand, which once got famous singer Bing Crosby into a bit of a tight spot.

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Bing Crosby's Levi Tuxedo

Bing Crosby

The tux was made from 501 denim—Crosby’s preference—and he was apparently pleased as punch by the gift.

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