October 11 is the 284th day of the year (285th in Leap years). There are 81 days remaining.
- 1884: Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of American president
- 1885: François Mauriac, French writer
- 1919: Art Blakey, jazz drummer
- 1896: Anton Bruckner, Austrian composer
- 1961: Chico Marx, member of the Marx Brothers
- 1985: Orson Welles, movie director
- 1643: The inconclusive Battle of Newbury was fought in the English Civil War
- 1984: Margaret Thatcher survives an IRA bomb.