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The inaugural Grand Prix de Paris horserace is held at Longchamps Racecourse outside the city

First running of the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamps, France, May 31, 1863, artist's impression
05/31/1863
The first running of the Grand Prix de Paris was held in the mid-afternoon, the third race of a meeting at the Longchamps Racecourse in Paris.  The prestigious 3000 meter challenge race for three year-olds offered a 100,000 franc prize along with a massive trophy from the French emperor.  The inaugural race, with twelve runners, was won by the English colt The Ranger.  The race has been run since, except during wartime, and takes place now on Bastille Day.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"The Great Invitational Horserace at Longchamps," Illustrated London News, June 13, 1863, p. 646. 

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