"Planning is already underway for the most important nationally recognized Day that most have never heard of. Religious Freedom Day commemorates the enactment of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom in 1786, and is celebrated annually on January 16th.
The Statute, written by Thomas Jefferson in 1777 and shepherded into law by James Madison, it is considered by historians to be the forerunner to the approach taken towards matters of religion and government by the framers of the Constitution, and later the First Amendment. Jefferson viewed his role in creating it as one of the three signature accomplishments of his life — along with writing the Declaration of Independence and founding the University of Virginia.
Every year since 1992, Religious Freedom Day has been recognized on January 16 with a presidential proclamation. President Obama has issued seven such Proclamations since taking office. The next one will be his last. It will, to say the very least, be interesting to see how he addresses the day in light of all that has happened since his Religious Freedom Day proclamation in 2016."