Did you get a solution to this problem. I have the same problem. I see the welcome page after starting tomcat, and i can also see the examples apache provides. but if i create my own jsp and put it in webapps folder and go to http://localhost:8080/date.jsp it gives me:
requested resource is not available error.
my web.xml looks the same as yours.
I don't have a first - just a date.jsp in my c:\tomcat\webapps folder.
(sorry for the confusion i shudve probably started a new thread, but i was trying to find out from the original poster if he got a solution to this same problem i have)