This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
You should familiarize yourself with the Java API docs. They can easily answer this question. For example, I first looked at the Date class (which I found by navigating to the java.util package in the upper left corner at the first link, the API docs). The constructors that do what you want (at least with the ease that you wish) have been deprecated, but they tell you to check the GregorianCalendar class. I'll let you browse this last link on your own. Notice that all of the above class documents give links to related classes as well as internal links that help you navigate the given class' docs. The Java API docs are an indespensible tool in learning how to use the standard Java classes. In fact, many third-party classes are distributed with documentation in the exact format. If you can learn how to navigate the API docs, you will be a long way towards mastering the tools at your disposal. Layne