Insert date into Oracle with PrepareStatement

I am trying to get three variables from 3 drop down meus in a form.  The drop down menus are labled as day, month, and year.  Then I need to insert the daye into the date field in oracle of type date.

My code looks like this:

$MYSQL_edit = "UPDATE news SET news_header=?, subtitle=?, news_teaser=?, news_body=?, news_photo=?, photo_text=?, incld=?, incldhome=?, us=?, europe=?, canada=?, asia=?, intercont=?, location1=?, location2=?, location3=?, datestamp=? WHERE news_id=?";
String $datestamp = $year+"-"+$month+"-"+$day;
PreparedStatement editStatement = conn.prepareStatement($MYSQL_edit);
editStatement.setString(1, $news_header);
editStatement.setString(2, $subtitle);
editStatement.setString(3, $news_teaser);
editStatement.setString(4, $news_body);
editStatement.setString(5, $news_photo);
editStatement.setString(6, $photo_text);
editStatement.setInt(7, $incld_int);
editStatement.setInt(8, $incldhome_int);
editStatement.setInt(9, $us_int);
editStatement.setInt(10, $europe_int);
editStatement.setInt(11, $canada_int);
editStatement.setInt(12, $asia_int);
editStatement.setInt(13, $intercont_int);
editStatement.setInt(14, $location1_int);
editStatement.setInt(15, $location2_int);
editStatement.setInt(16, $location3_int);
editStatement.setString(17, $datestamp);
editStatement.setInt(18, $next_num);
int rs2 = editStatement.executeUpdate();

The error I am getting is this:

SQLException(news-edit): ORA-01861: literal does not match format string
Do I have to use a special command to insert the date type field?

Can someone please help me with my code or show me some code that will work?

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Calendar cal = Calendar.getInstance();
cal.set(year, month, day);
java.sql.Date date = new java.sql.Date(cal.getTime().getTime());
editStatement.setDate(17, date);

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sorry!!!! was meant to be posted for a different question .....
 you may use this function to format your date type. ..

 call using >> easyDateFormat("MM/dd/yy",datestamp);
  public String easyDateFormat (String format, Date dt)
    SimpleDateFormat formatter = new SimpleDateFormat(format);
    String datenewformat = formatter.format(dt);
    return  datenewformat;
editStatement.setDate(17, new java.sql.Date((new java.util.Date()).getTime()));

you shoud also be aware that you dont need to prefix you variables with $ in java, since all variables are declared then the compiler knows variables explicitly and the use of the $ goes against establised java coding standards. Usually variables and methods are declared with a lowercase letterfirst and each word in the name starting with an uppercase method. e.g:-
int thisIsMyVariable=0; // variable declaration
public void thisIsMyMethod(String thisIsMyParameter) throws Exception{...} // method declaration.

only class name start in uppercase e.g:-
class ThisIsMyClass {}
when it is used you use the lower case equivalent:-
ThisIsMyClass thisIsMyClass = new ThisIsMyClass();

but i guess you didn't aks this anyway :) , some people get huffy though as they are used to reading java code this way.
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