Tax Freedom Day and the Miao Rebellions
The Miao and Yao people have been set adrift by the economic devastation caused by the floods of the Yangtze River and the monetary restrictions imposed by the Ming dynasty (read as higher taxes and a fiat currency). The pressure for rebellion has been building as the crack down on wildcat silver mining continues. The government has imposed a labor toll that most people are required to work off. People literally work for the government for a fixed time. For poor people, "Tax Freedom Day," is the day that their obligation for government-imposed labor... like dredging out the canal... is fulfilled. Craftsmen and saltmakers pay a "fee" (read as "bribe") to be excused, but for the poor, there are few choices. This explains why so many are engaged in illegal activities just to survive. A series of rebellions will break out beginning this year. They will erupt on-and-off until 1562 when the Chinese government officially allows people to pay a fee instead of taking their actual labor.    
May Day: Sleeping with the Enemy
Edward, the Black Prince, and Joan of Kent had married for love, but marriage for love is a rare event for the high aristocracy. It's about to happen again. King Edward the 4th has entertained an audience with Elizabeth Woodville on the subject of her widow's rights (called a dower). Her husband was killed while battling AGAINST King Edward's men! Some say witchcraft was involved (and it is possible) but Elizabeth is a breathtaking beauty. On May 1st, within weeks of meeting her, the King secretly marries Elizabeth in a pagan ceremony. The King returns to his camp and falls instantly to sleep. (Oh baby!) Whether for love or lust, this marriage certainly isn't for lands or titles. Elizabeth is a commoner and this is the second such marriage between a king and a commoner since the Norman Conquest. This marriage is going to cause a lot of trouble but Elizabeth will play a role in ending the War of the Roses and installing the first Tudor King on the throne of England.     
The First French Dictionary and a Dying Language
Brittany is now a French province since they took it away from England but the people don't speak English. They speak a Latin derivative called Gallo and a Celtic [KELL-tick] language called "Breton". This year a local priest complies a Breton-French-Latin dictionary called the Catholicon meaning "universal". It is considered the first French dictionary ever compiled but it won't be published until 1499. An English-Latin dictionary will be complied in 1483 and will also be called the Catholicon. In the modern day only 35,000 people use the Breton language and most of those are over 60 years old. It is a dying language.    
This Year in Wikipedia
Year 1464, Wikipedia.
- Beck, Sanderson (2010). Ming Empire 1368-1644. san.beck.org. Retrieved on 9 November 2014. “"A large uprising of Guangxi rebels was suppressed by a Ming army in 1467; thousands of Miao were killed."”
- Miao people - Wikipedia (2014). Retrieved on 9 November 2014.
- Yao people - Wikipedia (2014). Retrieved on 9 November 2014.
- Gernet, Jacques (1996). A History of Chinese Civilization, translated by Foster, J. R. and Hartman, Charles (in English), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 412-413. “"The social troubles of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries seem to have been caused mainly by the general instability in the professions and the multiplication of the number of uprooted people seeking new means of livelihood-particularly mining, smuggling, and piracy."”
- Hangzhou Bay - Wikipedia (2014). Retrieved on 9 November 2014.
- Alex Shrugged Notes: I'm drawing a large conclusion based on a small amount of data, but there is a lot implied in the reading I'm doing. The economic situation of the region is improving for the rich and the well-prepared but at the expense of the poor and the non-Chinese. Only those who can keep their head above water long enough are going to do well in the long run. In the short run the poor are going to be hosed.
- (2011) The Women of the Cousins' War: The Duchess, the Queen, and the King's Mother. New York: Simon & Schuster, 129-131. “"The marriage was said to have taken place on May 1, the greatest festival in the witch calendar, known as Beltane. For pagans and witches this date celebrates fertility and love at the start of summer, when the otherworld grows close."”
- Edward, the Black Prince - Wikipedia (2014). Retrieved on 11 November 2014.
- Alex Shrugged Notes: The pagan holiday of Beltane is a May Day holiday meant to ward off fairies and promote fertility.
- Beltane - Wikipedia (2014). Retrieved on 12 November 2014.
- Elizabeth Woodville - Wikipedia (2014). Retrieved on 12 November 2014.
- Edward IV of England - Wikipedia (2014). Retrieved on 12 November 2014.
- Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick - Wikipedia (2014). Retrieved on 12 November 2014.
- Princes in the Tower - Wikipedia (2014). Retrieved on 12 November 2014.
- Catholicon (trilingual dictionary) - Wikipedia (2014). Retrieved on 12 November 2014.
- Breton language - Wikipedia (2014). Retrieved on 12 November 2014.
- Gallo language - Wikipedia (2014). Retrieved on 12 November 2014.
- Catholicon Anglicum - Wikipedia (2014). Retrieved on 12 November 2014.
- Eliezer Ben-Yehuda - Wikipedia (2014). Retrieved on 12 November 2014.