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Timeline of House of Cards, from seasons one through four.


  • Season 1 takes place from December 31, 2012 to November 1, 2013.
  • Season 2 takes place from November 1, 2013 to October 30, 2014.
  • Season 3 takes place from December 2014 to January 20, 2016.
  • Season 4 takes place from January 20, 2016 to October 18, 2016.



  • November 5th: Francis J. Underwood was born in Gaffney, Cherokee County, South Carolina, United States of America.



  • December 22nd: Zoe Barnes was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States of America.


  • April 4th: Doug Stamper took his last drink of alcohol.



  • January 1st: President-elect Garrett Walker's New Year's Eve party ends. (Chapter 1)
  • January 3rd: Frank and Claire Underwood attended a symphony, where Frank checked Zoe Barnes out; Zoe Barnes received an email from a colleague at the Washington Herald that showed her a photograph of Frank checking her out. She then began to research him and discovered their mutual interests in each other. (Chapter 1)
  • January 21st: Garrett Walker was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States; Jim Matthews was sworn as the 48th Vice President of the United States. (Chapter 1)
  • June 14th: Doug Stamper and Peter Russo attended an alcoholics anonymous meeting together. (Chapter 7)
  • September 21st: Peter Russo was found dead in the passenger seat of his car from carbon monoxide poisoning. (Chapter 11)
  • November 1st: Frank learns he will become Vice President. (Chapter 13)
  • November 5th: Zoe Barnes is murdered. (Chapter 14)


  • February 13th: President Garrett Walker delivers the 2014 State of the Union. (Chapter 16)
  • July 14th: Doug Stamper is given the order to fly to Kansas City and visit the Adaho Gaming Casino of Lanagin's; Frank and Garrett have a long and relaxed conversation in the White House. (Chapter 20)
  • July 15th: Doug buys a plane a ticket to Beijing, to visit Xander Feng. (Chapter 20)
  • July 16th: The Underwoods and the Walkers have a dinner together, Freddy cooks ribs for them. (Chapter 20)
  • July 17th: Doug returns to DC and is seen at Underwood's basement. (Chapter 20)
  • October 28th: Frank and Tusk have a meeting in the basement of the Opera house; Frank uses his father's typewriter to send a letter to Garrett. (Chapter 26)
  • October 29th: Doug is hit in the head with a rock by Rachel Posner. (Chapter 26)
  • October 30th: Garrett Walker resigns the office of President of the United States; Frank Underwood is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. (Chapter 26)
  • November 4th: United States Midterm elections.
  • December: Doug recovers in the hospital. (Chapter 27)


  • January 20th: Doug wakes up in the hospital to see Claire by his side. (Chapter 27)
  • April: Frank announces he will not seek re-election in 2016. (Chapter 28)
  • May 5th: President Underwood hosts a State Dinner for Russian President Viktor Petrov. (Chapter 29)
  • May: Solicitor General Heather Dunbar announces her candidacy for President in 2016. (Chapter 30)
  • June 30th: Doug interviews for a position in Heather Dunbar's campaign. (Chapter 31)
  • July 1st: Barney Hull declares a state of emergency in Washington, D.C. (Chapter 31)
  • July 2nd: Tom Yates holds a book signing for his book Scorpio when he is confronted by Remy. (Chapter 31)
  • July 3rd: Bob Birch and Hector Mendoza confront Frank on his plan to divert funds from FEMA. (Chapter 31)
  • July 4th: America Works begins hiring in Washington, D.C. (Chapter 31)
  • July 23rd: President Underwood and the First Lady visit President Petrov, the President of Russia. (Chapter 32)
  • July 24th: Claire publicly shames Petrov after the death of Michael Corrigan. (Chapter 32)
  • July 26th: The official White House portrait of Frank & Claire is taken. (Chapter 33)
  • August 14th: President Underwood gives a radio address on the 80th anniversary of the Social Security Act, and visits FDR's memorial later that day. (Chapter 33)
  • September 7th: Hurricane Faith begins brewing off the East Coast. (Chapter 34)
  • October 18th: A US soldier is killed in a failed Jordan Valley operation. (Chapter 35)
  • December 16th: First Democratic Debate between Dunbar, Sharpe, and Underwood. (Chapter 37)
  • December 17th: Claire passes out while giving blood. (Chapter 37)


  • January 19th: Frank wins the Iowa Caucus. (Chapter 39)
  • January 20th: Claire leaves Frank; Frank campaigns in New Hampshire. (Chapter 39/40)
  • March 7th: Frank campaigns in South Carolina; Claire arrives in South Carolina; LeAnn Harvey finds a photo of Frank's father with a KKK leader. (Chapter 42)
  • March 8th: A photo of Frank's father with a KKK leader surfaces; Lucas Goodwin confronts Heather Dunbar; Frank loses the South Carolina primary. (Chapter 42)
  • March 16th: Doug offers LeAnn the position of campaign manager.
  • March 17th: President Underwood is shot while leaving a campaign event in Washington D.C., Vice President Blythe becomes Acting President of the United States. (Chapter 43)
  • March 26th: Secretary Durant and First Lady Claire Underwood attend the G-8 summit in Brandenburg, Germany; President Underwood is taken into surgery for a kidney transplant. President Underwood arrives back at The White House after his operation. (Chapter 45)
  • March 27th: G-8 summit concludes. (Chapter 45)
  • March 28th: President Underwood resumes the powers and duties of the presidency. (Chapter 45)
  • May 16th: Former Solicitor General Heather Dunbar announces she will suspend her 2016 Campaign for the Democratic Nomination. (Chapter 46)
  • July 25th: Democratic National Convention - Day 1; During the Vice Presidential roll call vote, Texas casts it's delegates for Claire. (Chapter 48)
  • July 26th: Democratic National Convention - Day 2; Will Conway arrives in Atlanta and criticizes Frank, the two end up having a meeting together; Louisiana delegates request that the Convention also votes on President. (Chapter 48)
  • July 27th: Democratic National Convention - Day 3; (Chapter 49)
  • July 28th: Democratic National Convention - Day 4; President Underwood becomes the nominee for Democratic Party, First Lady Claire Underwood becomes Vice Presidential nominee. (Chapter 49)
  • October 16th: The first ever Presidential/Vice Presidential debate is held. (Chapter 51)
  • October 17th: Conway moves into the White House and negotiates with Frank to bring home the captured hostages. (Chapter 51)
  • October 18th: Washington Herald posts a scathing article about Frank Underwood. (Chapter 52)
  • November 8th: The United States 2016 election will be held.

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