Why did programming languages start using = for assignment?

Published: 11/10/2019
Why did programming languages start using = for assignment?
Source: SOFTWAREENGINEERING.STACKEXCHANGE.COM

In most early algorithms books, <- referred to assignment and = referred to comparison. But nowadays the only languages that don't use = for assignment are Pascal ( := ) and toy languages like COOL . What caused modern programming languages to change = into meaning assignment instead of its mathematical meaning of equality?

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