I was in Moscow, Russia in August 1991 during a failed coup attempt. It was my first international trip on my own. Because Murphy's Law is a real and actual law, I got to experience political upheaval up close and in person. At that time, my father worked for a Fortune 100 company which published its own magazine for employees (because they're that freakin' huge). I guess there weren't a lot of American students visiting the Soviet Union in 1991 because people seemed to make a big deal about my experience. I got interviewed live over the phone by a local TV station while I was still in the midst of the crisis. A TV crew interviewed me at home once was I was back. So I've had the fifteen minutes of fame that we're all supposed to get in our lifetimes.
In the article below I whited-out a photo of my family as well as our last names to help preserve my family's anonymity (though first names are listed). All of the Russian pics in the article were taken by me, though I don't have a photo credit listed.
Here's the color version of the tank photo above: