Today is the 161st Anniversary of Moby Dick.
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville, first published
Two actual events served as the inspiration for the tale. One was the sinking of the Nantucket ship Essex in 1820, after it was rammed by a large sperm whale 2,000 miles (3,200 km) from the western coast of South America.
The other event was the alleged killing in the late 1830s of the albino sperm whale Mocha Dick, in the waters off the Chilean island of Mocha.
Google did some logo art for the day.