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If you consult the documentation, you will see that DateFormat.SHORT is expected to be completely numeric, so obviously it is not a good candidate here. DateFormat.MEDIUM is more likely to work for you, but it depends on the Local used, and the exact format used is not documented. Your best best is to use SimpleDateFormat instead: <pre>DateFormat df = new SimpleDateFormat("dd MMM yyyy");</pre> This allows you to more explicitly control the format used.